WELCOME ALL OUR NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS TO THE SPRING SEMESTER AT MAITRIPA COLLEGE! If you are thinking of taking a class there is still time to register! All details for these & upcoming special events below…

Register for Spring and Summer Classes

Spring Semester Registration Is Open!

Enter the gateway to a transformative education! Registration is completed online and only takes a few minutes. Classes begin February 1. Follow the link below for the schedule, links to course descriptions, and registration.

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The 2016 Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive

The Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive is now accepting applicants. A rare and unique opportunity to establish an excellent foundation for growth and mastery for students at all levels and interest.

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2016 Maitripa College Monlam (The Great Prayer Festival): February 20-22, 2016

The Maitripa College Monlam is three consecutive evenings of pujas (prayer and meditation ceremonies) that culminate on February 22, the full moon Day of Miracles, the first of the four most important Buddha Days of the year. Join [...]

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March 25-27: One Teacher, Many Traditions

Tickets on sale now!  Please join us for a remarkable weekend event: Buddhisms in Dialogue with Ven. Thubten Chodron and Bhante Seelawimala. Please register early to reserve your space! Friday, March 25, 2016, 7-9 pm [...]

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Fall 2016 Degree Program Application

Applications for Fall 2016 Are Now Being Accepted 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 [...]

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Our Students & Alumni

"Our Students & Alumni: We Are Maitripa College" Alumni of the Maitripa College MDiv Degree Program are employed as CHAPLAINS at HOSPITALS and take LEADERSHIP ROLES in their local spiritual communities. Alumni of the MA [...]

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
  • View Catalog of All Courses
  • 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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Seven Billion Brothers & Sisters


His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Hope for the Planet: A Short Film Based on the 2013 Environmental Summit in Portland, Oregon, hosted by Maitripa College

Maitripa College: An Introduction

Visit our YouTube Channel for additional films in this series and more.