Distance Learning Spring 2021

Join Us for Nepali Classes and the Bodhicaryāvatāra this Spring Semester!

RYI will be offering Nepali I, Nepali II and a traditional Buddhist Philosophy class, taught by a monastic on the classical Indian text Bodhicaryāvatāra (Way of the Bodhisattva) (part II) to new spring students. Please see below for more details on these courses and how you can apply. The two Nepali courses consist of both live group classes and live one-on-one classes and students can choose from two different scheduled times, depending on time zone. See the course descriptions below for scheduled class times.

The Bodhicaryāvatāra classes are live with just one scheduled time. If the scheduled class does not suit your time zone, you can watch the recorded version of the class once the live session is complete and it becomes available online (soon after class completion). The review classes have two scheduled times to choose from.

For the spring semester the courses listed below are offered not-for-credit for new students. There is no for-credit option available.

The spring semester runs from January 18 to April 30. The deadline for applications is January 4. 

Courses Available

Bodhicaryāvatāra (Way of the Bodhisattva): Part 2

TSTD 102: Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics I 

The Bodhicaryāvatāra (Way of the Bodhisattva) is a key text of the Mahāyāna tradition that introduces the practices that a bodhisattva takes up as he or she follows the Buddha’s path. The text challenges us to examine our own understanding of terms such as patience, conscientiousness, meditation, and diligence and to reflect on how we apply those in our own lives. What does it mean to be generous? How do we combine insight with patience? What are the benefits of meditation? And how are we to understand Madhyamaka philosophy in both its simplicity and its depth? This course will focus on the second half of the text including the chapters on Diligence, Meditation, Wisdom, and Dedication. This course forms part of a series of specialized courses in Buddhist philosophy and scriptural interpretation taught by Khenpos and Lopons from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery and translated into English. Click here for course syllabus.

If you would like complete the first half of the text you can apply for our online learning option which has the format of pre-recorded classes rather than live. Click here to learn more.

Courses taught by our Khenpos and Lopons will be taught live once per day, and available after the class in a recorded format should the time not suit you. The review classes are available live for two time zones and will be available as a recording after the class. 

Here are the scheduled times for this course:

Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics II, Main Class (KLC 1): Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, and Fri 11:30am-1:00pm

You can choose from either of the following times for review class:

Option 1: Review 1 Wed 2:00pm-3:00pm

Option 2: Review 2 Fri 9:00pm-10:00pm

 

Times are given in Nepal Standard Time (NPT) UTC+05:45

For a time zone converter click here.

 

Nepali I

NLAN 101: Nepali I 

This class is for students who are new to speaking Nepali and want to get started learning to converse with Nepali speakers in their own language. The class introduces students to basic patterns of spoken and written Nepali that center around various situations found in ordinary life, such as travelling, shopping, getting acquainted, family, and social life. Students learn the Devanāgarī script so they can read and write the language directly, and begin building a vocabulary of colloquial words and phrases. Basic grammatical concepts are introduced, illustrated, and then practiced by the students. Emphasis is placed on active learning, with students using techniques such as role-playing, group discussions, and games in order to develop confidence in speaking. Twice a week, students have individual classes with a native Nepali speaker who helps them integrate what they’ve learned in class into a real conversation. Click here for course syllabus.

Here are the scheduled times for this course. You can choose from either option 1 or option 2:

Option 1

  • Main Class, Mon and Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Assisted Language Instructor (ALI) ALI 1, Tue and Thur 1:30pm-2:30pm OR ALI 2, Tue and Thur 7:00am-8:00am
  • Review, Fri 8:30am-9:30am

Option 2

  • Main Class, Mon and Wed 6:00pm- 7:00pm
  • ALI 3, Tue and Thur 8:30am-9:30am OR ALI 4, Tue and Thur 7:30pm-8:30pm
  • Review, Friday 7:00am-8:00am

Times are given in Nepal Standard Time (NPT) UTC+05:45

For a time zone converter click here.

Nepali II

NLAN 102: Nepali II 

This class is for students with one semester of prior Nepali study who want to expand their linguistic repertoire and develop confidence in speaking. It builds on the skills and vocabulary learned in Nepali I and aims to bring students to the point where they are confident in having simple conversations on their own about a variety of topics, with friends or strangers. Students are introduced to new tenses and structures, learn new vocabulary, and practice using their new words and structures in class via conversations, short presentations, games, and role-playing. Twice a week, students have individual classes with a native Nepali speaker who helps them integrate what they’ve learned in class into a real conversation. Click here for course syllabus.

Here are the scheduled times for this course. You can choose from either option 1 or option 2:

Option 1

  • Main Class, 1 Tue and Thur 7:00am-8:00am
  • Assisted Language Instructor (ALI), ALI 1 Wed and Fri 10:00am-11:00am OR ALI 2, Wed and Fri 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Review 1, Mon 10:00am-11:00am

Option 2

  • Main Class, 2 Tue and Thur 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • ALI 3, Wed and Fri 7:00am-8:00am OR ALI 4, Wed and Fri 8:30am-9:30am
  • Review 2, Mon 7:00am-8:00am

Times are given in Nepal Standard Time (NPT) UTC+05:45

For a time zone converter click here.

 

How to Apply!

These courses are not-for-credit which means you will receive a 'NC' grade. You will be able to participate fully in the class as a non-degree student meaning you can take quizzes, exams and so forth, but are not required to do so.

To apply for any of these courses hit the "Apply Now" button below. You will be redirected to a page where you will choose the Non-Degree option from the drop-down menu. On this page you will find an application form. Once you have filled out the form click "submit". You will then receive an email with a username and password to log on to the RYI Portal where you can complete your application. In the second part of the application process there is a section called "Statement of Purpose", in this section please specify which course/courses you are interested in, and fill out all other relevant sections of the application form. Once you have filled it out you can then submit the second part of the application form.  RYI will contact you within a few days to let you know if you have been accepted into the program.

Please note that at this point you are applying to our Non-degree program, and in this phase of the application process there won't be an option to choose the course/courses you plan on taking. After you have been accepted into the program RYI will be in contact within a few days to let you know if you have been accepted and to ask you to register for the course/courses you would like to study. It is at this point that you can make your actual course choice through the process of course registration. 

 

Admission Criteria

All applications are subject to approval by Rangjung Yeshe Institute.

Eligibility Requirements

Not-for-credit applicants

Not-for-credit applicants are expected to have completed high school (through grade 12) in order to be prepared for university-level study. However, you are not required to submit a high school diploma or transcript.

 

Course Fee

Updated information on fees to be posted soon.