Summer Program Buddhist Studies

This summer we are offering 50% off this course to make it as affordable as possible for people in these challenging times. As we are offering a significant discount on this course, we advise that you sign up early to secure your place on the course.

You will find the fees for this course, linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading "Tuition Fee List."

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of Buddhism. Students are introduced to both classical and modern Buddhist scholarship and meditation training and, in so doing, gain first-hand experience of many key aspects of Buddhist training that are otherwise rarely accessible to lay students.

Classes are structured as a combination of traditional Tibetan-style and academic-style lectures on fundamental Buddhist topics and texts including instruction on their practical application through meditation training. Daily meditation sessions are an important feature of the course and provide a personal perspective on the philosophical content of the lectures.

Two of the daily lectures are delivered in Tibetan by Khenpos, Lopons, and Lamas (senior monastic teachers) from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and translated into English. The third daily lecture is given by a teacher trained in the modern academic tradition and considers historical, social, and cultural issues related to the foundations and development of the tradition. Teachers and translators are all faculty members at CBS. The level of intensity of the program is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations.

The traditional philosophical and doctrinal text to be taught this summer is the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, (Tibetan: rgyal sras lag lan) and the text  for this year's meditation class will be A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation, by Khenpo Gyaltsen of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery. The meditation class includes a theoretical as well as an experiential approach and offers basic instruction in śamatha (calm abiding) and vipaśyāna (clear seeing) meditation. 

The Buddhist Studies course also includes:

  • Meditation classes, which include a theoretical as well as an experiential approach – a Tibetan Lama will lead daily meditation sessions, providing basic instruction in śamatha (calm abiding) and vipaśyāna (clear seeing) meditation. 
  • Introduction to Buddhism course, which covers the foundations of Tibetan Buddhism, balancing historical and academic perspectives.                                                      

Please note that, on each day of classes for your Summer Program course, the same live masterclass is delivered at two different time slots. At RYI these two schedules for the same course are called ‘Sections’. You can choose from either Section 1 (S1) or Section 2 (S2) based on your time preferences. While RYI has made every effort to accommodate different time zones for all Summer Program classes, the Buddhist Studies classes led by Monastic Faculty cannot be divided up in this way. In such cases, if you are in a time zone that does not allow you to attend the live class when it takes place, you can watch the recorded version of the class, which will be uploaded after it has completed. To find out the class times for each Section of your course, please refer to the syllabus.

Syllabus and schedule/course structure.

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Orientation sessions start from June 9 to June 11, 2021, and classes run from June 14, to August 5, 2021. This year the Summer Program will be offered online. 

To help ensure that finances are not an obstacle RYI will offer the Buddhist Studies course at a 50% discount. You will find the price list for the Summer Program courses linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading "Tuition Fee List."

Early Applications close May 23. Late applications are accepted between May 24 – May 30, however a late application fee of 10% applies. No applications will be accepted after May 30. 


Admission Criteria

As this course is taught at the introductory level, all interested students are encouraged to apply. A statement of interest will be required as part of the application process. All applications are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

The Buddhist Studies course is popular and places may fill up quickly, so apply now to reserve your place.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the summer program


The course is awarded academic credit at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for TSTD 120 Buddhist Studies Summer Program I.

Fee Request

In accordance with University guidelines, RYI course fees are determined by each student's home base and nationality. A three-tier system is in effect which covers (i) Nepali students, (ii) SAARC students and (iii) other international students. Please select below to find out the fees structure for your particular circumstances.

You will find the Tuition Fee List for all programs, including the Summer Program, linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading "Tuition Fee List."