Summer Buddhist Studies

Summer Program 2020

RYI’s Executive Committee and Special Committee on Covid-19, in consultation with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, have decided that the RYI Summer Program will not go ahead as planned this year. Naturally, this decision is tremendously disappointing for all those due to participate in the 2020 Summer Program. The good news is that the Program is planned to go ahead for Summer 2021. You can still study with RYI over the summer or, indeed, at any time, from the comfort of your own home with our online courses. To find out more about the Institute’s range of online learning courses please click here.

Please click here for a full details on the cancellation of the summer program.

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Please note the information below is not applicable for this summer due to the cancellation of the Summer Program.

Summer Buddhist Studies Course

June 10 - July 24, 2020, in Boudhanath (6 weeks of class)
July 26  – August 6, 2020,  at the Asura Cave Retreat Center (12 days of retreat)

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.

Classes are structured as a combination of traditional Tibetan-style and Western academic-style classroom 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.

During the last two weeks of the program, the course shifts to Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery's traditional meditation retreat center near Pharping, a picturesque village on the southern rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Throughout this period, the main focus of lectures is on practical meditation instruction and a major part of the day is spent in personal contemplation and group meditation practice.

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.

For more information, see the detailed course syllabus.


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 has a maximum enrollment of twenty students and places may fill up quickly, so apply now to reserve your place on the course.

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.

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