Summer Study Opportunities

The Centre for Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the 15th summer studies program 2018 featuring intensive language training and Buddhist philosophy courses.

The 2018 language programs offer full immersion into the Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Nepali languages and the Academic English course prepares non-native speakers for university-level coursework. The Buddhist Studies program provides a living exposure to Buddhist philosophy and a practical introduction to the richness of personal meditation training.

All summer programs are fully accredited by Kathmandu University.

Classes are held within the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery complex, just a few minutes' walk from the Great Stupa of Boudhanath in the Kathmandu Valley. Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling is one of Nepal's largest monasteries and houses approximately 300 monks and lamas. The abbot of the monastery, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, is a renowned Buddhist teacher who leads seminars on meditation and Buddhist philosophy in Nepal and around the world.

The township of Boudhanath, a community with many Tibetan monasteries, has grown up around the Great Stupa which is said to house the relics of the previous Buddha, Mahākāśyapa. The area is home to many revered teachers and is a pilgrimage point for many others. It is a major resettlement area for Tibetan Buddhists, and students of the Summer Studies program will have ample opportunity to learn about, and immerse themselves in the local Nepalese and Tibetan culture.

Applications are accepted each year between October 1 - May 1. Late application is possible from May 1 until start of the program. (Note: a late application fee will apply.)

Courses subject to minimum enrollment and all applications are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

Applications submitted between October 1 and October 31 will receive a scholarship worth ten percent of tuition towards the cost of the chosen summer course. This scholarship applies to early applicants of all nationalities. Read more about the Early Application Scholarship here. Those interested can apply directly through the webpage of their chosen course. 

Summer Buddhist Studies

This course is a full immersion into the theory and practice of Buddhism. In the unique settings of a Buddhist monastery and a traditional retreat center, students are introduced to both classical and modern Buddhist scholarship and meditation training. In this way, the course offers students first-hand experience of many key aspects of Buddhist training which are otherwise rarely accessible to lay students. Read more...

Summer Colloquial Tibetan Course

The colloquial Tibetan summer program is offered on three levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The level of intensity of the summer Tibetan courses is high and the courses require considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. However, students who successfully complete the summer program will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in colloquial Tibetan. Read more...

Summer Classical Tibetan Course

The Classical Tibetan summer program is offered on three levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced. The Advanced course is a graduate-level seminar focusing on readings in Tibetan supplemented with related secondary source readings. The level of intensity of the summer Tibetan courses is high and the courses require considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. However, students who successfully complete the summer program will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in classical Tibetan. Read more...

Summer Sanskrit Course

The Sanskrit summer program is offered on two levels: Beginning and Intermediate. The level of intensity of the summer Sanskrit courses is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. Students who successfully complete this course will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Sanskrit. Read more...

Summer Nepali Course

The Nepali summer program is offered on two levels: Beginning and Intermediate. The level of intensity of the Nepali courses is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. Students who successfully complete this course will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Nepali. Read more...

Summer Academic English and Advanced Study Methods Course

This intensive Summer Academic English and Advanced Study Methods Course is designed for students who are not native speakers of English, and provides a rigorous introduction to the academic study methods used in most Western institutions of higher education. Read more...