Traditional Textual Study

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

The following courses are non-credit that you can directly register for without having to apply through one of RYI's undergraduate programs or non-degree program. This easy registration means a more direct application process without having to submit documentation that would generally be required for RYI's undergraduate programs and non-degree program, plus the application fee is waived. If you are interested in taking these courses for-credit you can do so by signing up to any of our undergraduate degree programs here. All undergraduate courses and non-degree courses for the Fall Semester 2021 are listed on the right hand side of this page (the end of the page if you are on a mobile device).

RYI also offers a selection of  Asynchronous Online Learning Buddhist Studies courses which consist entirely of pre-recorded classes which allowing more flexibility with your schedule. For more information please click here.

TSTD 101: Buddhist Philosophy and Hermeneutics 

The Bodhicaryāvatāra (Way of the Bodhisattva)

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. 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 is the first 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.  

Syllabus and and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.


Courses taught by our Khenpos and Lopons will be taught live just once per day, but available worldwide in a pre-recorded format. And that the review classes are live within the two time zones.


The Fall Semester runs from August 23 - December 17, 2021.

No classes for reading week from October 11 to October 15, 2021.

Application deadline August 9.

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

You will find the price list for all courses and programs 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."