Thinking of applying to the BA program at RYI? Or perhaps the MA or MA preparatory program?
RYI is pleased to offer a financial aid opportunity for applicants to the BA, MA, MA preparatory program, and Certificate program. The Early Application Fee Reduction is available to any applicant who completes and submits their application to these programs by January 31.
BA, MA, MA prep, and Certificate program applicants will receive a 10% scholarship for their first semester of study if a successful application is submitted by the January 31 deadline. Subsequent semesters will not be eligible for the early application fee reduction.
Study in the context of a living tradition on the RYI campus in Historic Boudhanath, Nepal.
Bachelor of Arts
By the end of the four-year BA program, successful students will have developed a broad knowledge of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition and its historical and philosophical development, and a deep knowledge of the Tibetan approach to Buddhist philosophical study. In terms of language ability, depending on the emphasis placed by each student, he or she will be conversant in modern Tibetan and Nepali, able to read classical Tibetan and Sanskrit, and follow teachings directly in Tibetan, or acquire some combination of these skills.
Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies
Study within a living tradition for two semesters, from August 2018 to April 2019.
The Centre for Buddhist Studies now offers a Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies. Students are introduced to both classical and modern Buddhist scholarship and meditation. The courses fall within two main areas of study: Buddhist philosophy, history, and culture; and Himalayan language, with the majority of classes in Buddhist philosophy, history, and culture. Students study either Tibetan, Sanskrit, or Nepali.
Master of Arts
The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers two MA programs in related fields: a Buddhist Studies MA and an MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation and Philology. Both degrees are two-year, four-semester programs that require 60 credits for graduation. The first three semesters are spent doing the relevant course-work, with the fourth semester dedicated to writing a dissertation. The MA in Buddhist Studies focuses on Buddhist philosophy and doctrine, historical and cultural contextualization, research methods, and developing students’ ability to do original research in the field. The MA in Translation, Textual Interpretation and Philology focuses on translating Buddhist texts into English, largely from Tibetan (with a recognition of the Tibetan canon’s reliance on Sanskrit Buddhist texts). Course work focuses on translation, translation methods, philology, historical and cultural contextualization, and developing the student’s ability to produce a properly contextualized and annotated translation.
We look forward to welcoming you in Fall 2018!