Coming Events

Open Your Heart with Tonglen, Giving and Taking Teaching with Khangser Rinpoche

Thursday, May 5: For the last class of the Open Your Heart series (open to the public) Khangser Rinpoche will offer insight and instruction on compassion meditation. Rinpoche holds the highest degrees of sutra and tantra [...]

A Woman’s Place (in Buddhism): An Evening with Lhundup Damchö

Wednesday, May 25: Prepare to spend a lively, informative and thought-provoking evening exploring "A Woman's Place (in Buddhism): Gender Identity and Liberation Practices" with a leading voice in the field (and Maitripa College founding Board member), [...]

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Thousand Armed Chenrezig Nyung Nay Retreat with Merry Colony

May 20 - May 23: Register now for this intensive 2-day purification retreat that includes fasting, precepts, prostrations, prayers, meditation, mantra recitation, and offerings. Nyung Nay is a practice based on the deity 1,000 armed Chenrezig, [...]

Register Now for the 2016 Tibetan Summer Intensive

The Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive The Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive at Maitripa College is a rare and thorough foundation for students who wish to train in the Classical Tibetan language. Both [...]

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for Fall 2016 Degree Programs

We welcome your application for Maitripa College's 2016 Fall Master of Arts and Master of Divinity cohorts.  Please contact the Director of Student Services to arrange a visit or to discuss our degree program options.  DEADLINES [...]

Refuge Ceremony with Yangsi Rinpoche

June 2: Save the Date! Yangsi Rinpoche will offer the ceremony of Taking Refuge at the end of the spring 2016 semester. Please watch this space for details about this rare opportunity.


Leigh Miller Contributes to Tibetan Arts Week at the University of Colorado

(April 2016) During spring break, Leigh Miller, PhD, Director of Programs, was honored to participate in Tibetan Arts Week, sponsored by [...]

Our Graduates Take on the World!

(April 2016) Maitripa College graduates are making a difference in our world! 2015 Graduate Kristen Mullen was offered a position and will [...]

Dan Rubin: New Article on Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Primary Care Physicians

​(March 2016) Maitripa College Adjunct Professor Dan Rubin, PsyD, recently published "A Brief Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Primary Care Physicians: A Pilot Randomized [...]

Maitripa College Annual Report

The 2015 Maitripa College Annual Report is now available online an e-book. Discover our activities and programs, read updates on what our graduates [...]

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The three educational pillars of Maitripa College — SCHOLARSHIP, MEDITATION, and SERVICE — embody the extrinsic study of Buddhist thought, the internal exploration of Buddhist practice, and the activity that results from the integration of these. —Yangsi Rinpoche, President, Maitripa College

Academics & Admission

Graduates at Maitripa College

Maitripa College is the first Tibetan Buddhist college in the pacific northwest, and was the host of the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit in May 2013. Maitripa College is based on the conviction that Buddhist thought and practice have significant contributions to make to American society and culture. Led by Geshe Lharampa, Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa’s educational model is based on the three pillars of Scholarship, Meditation, and Service, providing a contemplative and transformative educational experience. Scholarships and ordained sangha fellowships, flexible schedule, and the attractions of Portland, Oregon, put your affordable graduate degree or continuing education within reach. Maitripa is both a college and Buddhist Meditation Center. Click here to read our Mission Statement and here for quotes from students and alumni about their experience at the College.  Explore the links to the right for complete details on how to become part of the Maitripa community.

  • Understand Buddhist philosophy in Tibetan and Western scholastic contexts
  • Gain proficiency in Buddhist and secular meditation methods and traditional practices
  • Optional concentrations in Canonical Languages and Literature, and/or Spiritual Formation
  • Study Classical Tibetan language with Western and Tibetan translators
  • 44 credit program culminates with qualifying exam or thesis
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  • Professional theological degree for compassionate care, spiritual leadership, and chaplaincy
  • Program emphasizes service in community partnerships, and pastoral and counseling skills
  • Opportunities for spiritual community leadership and secular care giving internships
  • Learn to apply meditative techniques in oneself and with others
  • 72 credit program meets degree criteria for chaplaincy certification
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  • Join the Maitripa community as a non-degree seeking student
  • Explore Buddhist Meditation, Philosophy, and electives
  • No application process – simply enroll online each term
  • Option to transfer credits into the MA or MDIV degree programs
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  • Join the only first-year Classical Tibetan Language summer intensive in the US
  • Learn Classical Tibetan in six weeks, with optional translation methodology extension
  • Engage in a unique translation training pedagogy for intensive study periods
  • Open to beginner to advanced levels
  • Credit and non-credit options
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  • Over 50 graduate-level courses offered in sequence over the course of your degree studies, including courses in Buddhist Philosophy,  Buddhist Meditation, Theology, Psychology, Contemplative Care and Counseling, the History of Buddhism, Classical Tibetan Language and much more
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  • Over 3,000 titles in print and multi-media materials, including approximately 2,000 English books, and 1,000 additional titles including videos of teachings and films, audio media for Tibetan language study, magazines and journals, as well as Tibetan, Sanskrit and Chinese works. >More

In the Media

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