Summer Program Buddhist Studies

Summer Program 2021

Orientation sessions start from 9 June 2021, and classes run from 14 June to 6 August 2021 (eight weeks).

Please note that the information below relates to the online Summer Program 2020. More information regarding the Summer Program 2021 will be available in January 2021. 





Online Summer Buddhist Studies Course

Orientation sessions start from June 10, and classes run from June 15 to August 7, 2020 (eight weeks).

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. Regular meditation sessions are an important feature of the course and provide a personal perspective on the philosophical content of the lectures.

Lectures are delivered in Tibetan by Khenpos, Lopons, and Lamas (senior monastic teachers) from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and are translated into English. 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.

This year the course will include two texts:

  • A Brilliant Sun: Stages of Practice of the Bodhicaryavatara, written by Patrul Rinpoche
  • The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, written by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo.

These classes will be led by one of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling’s Khenpos or Lopons and translated by one of our faculty.

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.                                                      

For more information, see the detailed course syllabus.

Closing date for applications is June 7, however it is advised to book before then as classes may reach maximum capacity before June 7.

If you wish to take an active part in the class and to engage in the whole Buddhist Studies program, please sign up now for interactive or for-credit options here. 


Special 2020 course Taster Offer

With our move this year to online teaching, and as a way of sharing our Dharma classes as widely as possible at this difficult time around the world, this summer we will offer the teachings on the text A Brilliant Sun: Stages of Practice of the Bodhicaryavatara free of charge.This class will be led by one of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling’s Khenpos or Lopons and translated by one of our faculty. ​​​​This text will be covered in the first four weeks of the Buddhist Studies’ program. The teachings will be made available online as soon as they are ready. 

Please note that those following the class in this way can view the class but cannot take active part in it. If you wish to take part in the whole course, which includes the second four weeks of teachings on the text Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, as well as the Meditation and Introduction to Buddhism classes, then you will need to register below by clicking the "Apply Now" button. If you wish to only access the teachings of a Brilliant Sun, please leave your name and email by clicking the button below, and you will receive instructions on how to access the teachings.



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.

If you are interested in the course taster offer mentioned above, please click here and complete the form. Then, nearer the time, you will be provided with instructions about how to access the teachings.


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

Fee Request

The fees listed in the price list include the 50% discount.