Fall 2021 Online Courses Non-Credit

For Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022, Rangjung Yeshe Institute will continue to hold all programs and classes online.

Below is a selection of non-credit courses that you can directly sign-up for without having to apply through one of RYI's undergraduate programs. This easy sign-up means a more direct application process, plus the application fee is waived if you sign up directly for these courses. If you are interested in taking non-credit courses other than those listed below you can do so by signing up to our non-degree program here. If you are interested in taking any of these courses for-credit you can do so by signing up to any of our undergraduate degree programs here. You will find a list of all the undergraduate courses you can take linked on the right-hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device). All these courses can be taken either for-credit or non-credit.

RYI’s courses are designed to facilitate the in-depth study of Buddhist philosophy and practice while helping students develop proficiency in Tibetan and Sanskrit -- the languages traditionally used to communicate the Buddhist tradition in the Himalayan region. The historical development of Buddhism in Asia is also a core area of inquiry. In addition, RYI’s students learn to analyze complex philosophical issues at deep and personally meaningful levels and to thoughtfully consider complex ethical issues. Students also become conversant in Nepali and Tibetan and learn to read texts in classical Tibetan and Sanskrit. Those who choose to focus on colloquial and classical Tibetan learn to follow philosophical teachings directly in Tibetan.

All courses consist of live classes with most courses having two class options to choose from in order to accommodate your time zone.  In the schedule the distinction between the two options is made by the label "S1" and "S2", and you can choose from either of these options. While RYI has made every effort to accommodate timezones for all classes it may not be possible for every class. In this case you can watch the recorded version of the class once the live session is complete which is available soon after class completion. Some of the courses also have a component of pre-recorded teachings which can be watched at any time. RYI also offers a selection of asynchronous online learning courses, meaning that all the classes are pre-recorded and you can set your own schedule. Some of these courses are also offered for-credit. For more information on RYI's asynchronous online learning please click here.

If you have completed a Summer Program Beginning level or I​ntermediate level language course you are eligible to apply for level III or V of ​that course, respectively. 

Traditional Textual Study

The Bodhicaryāvatāra 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. Read more...

Colloquial Tibetan

The colloquial Tibetan courses are designed for students who wish to engage more deeply with the living Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and for scholars and researchers planning to work in Tibetan cultures or with Tibetan texts. The courses are comprehensive in terms of their pedagogical approach and students who put time and effort into study will be well on their way to fluent conversations with Tibetans. These courses will be offered at levels I, III, & IV. Read more...

Classical Tibetan

The Classical Tibetan courses are designed for both academic study and personal practice. Students are exposed to a variety of genres as they progress through the courses, including philosophical texts, prayers, sūtras, biographies, and practice texts.  Students who successfully complete the Classical Tibetan courses will have significantly improved their ability to read and understand the texts of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These courses will be offered at levels I, III, & IV. Read more....

Sanskrit 

The Sanskrit courses are designed for anyone wanting an in-depth introduction to the Sanskrit language. In addition to the study of the written language, which is the typical approach to the study of Sanskrit in most Western Universities, the Sanskrit courses include the study and recitation of traditional Sanskrit verse, offering students a different way to absorb the language than provided by study of the written language alone. Students who successfully complete the Sanskrit summer courses will have begun (or progressed upon) their journey into the study of the vast body of Sanskrit literature. These courses will be offered at levels I, III, & IV. Read more....

Nepali 

The colloquial Nepali courses are designed for both scholars and researchers, and for those who wish to communicate directly with the Nepalese people. You will learn about Nepal's unique customs and traditions, with some of the classes focusing on fun activities such as listening to Nepali music, drama and improvisation, and learning about traditional Nepali dishes.  Students who successfully complete these courses will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Nepali. These courses will be offered at levels I, & II. Read more...