Coming Events

Public Talk and Refuge Ceremony with Yangsi Rinpoche this Thursday

Thursday, June 2, 7:30 pm: Yangsi Rinpoche will give a public talk, as well as offer the ceremony of Taking Refuge, particularly for those who would like to take refuge for the first time. Taking refuge is [...]

Maitripa College Graduation: Commencement Ceremony

June 5, 11:30am: Congratulations to our graduates! Join us to reflect, recognize, and celebrate! All friends, current students, and the Maitripa community are welcome.  Marking a very important moment for our community of learners - 2016 graduates, esteemed [...]

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 Still 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 [...]

FPMT Teacher Development Service Pilot Seminar

October 21-23: This is a pilot seminar conducted by Maitripa College Dean and longtime assistant to Yangsi Rinpoche, Namdrol Miranda Adams, presenting pedagogical methodology as it applies to teaching Buddhist principles and practice to spiritual communities. [...]

The Foundation Service Seminar (FSS): Part 2 Compassion in Action

May 27-29: The Foundation Service Seminar Part 2 of 2 ~ Compassion in Action: Living and Working Your Values in FPMT (restricted to those who have completed Part 1) Detailed schedule mailed to [...]

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