A Taste of Maitripa College ~ Prospective Student Event

Wednesday, August 24, 6-7:30 pm: Please join us for a special evening focused on you, our prospective students. We will share a taste of the Maitripa College philosophy on scholarship, engage in meditation, answer your questions, [...]

Fall 2016 Course Schedule: Registration Is Open!

Registration is now open for over a dozen courses at Maitripa College this Fall. Study Buddhist meditation and philosophy with a master lineage holder and our college President Yangsi Rinpoche; learn about Buddhist rituals and ceremonies, develop [...]

Apply for Degree Program Entry (MA & MDiv)

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.  NOTE: [...]

Fall Semester Begins August 29!

 “All of the teachings of the Buddha should appear as a form of practice for us to undertake. To have studied Dharma very extensively but be unable to apply it to our own lives is like training a horse to race, and then taking it to the racetrack and letting it run all over the place. Once the teachings appear as personal advice, as instructions for us to practice, we have the basis to generate realizations.”

Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa College President and Professor, will be offering his commentary and guidance on the Lamrim and Practicing the Path (Wisdom Publications) this fall in Introduction to Buddhist Thought: Philosophy & Techniques of Meditation (PHL 301 & MDT 301). These courses are open to all with a simple Continuing Education enrollment process.  Click here for the full schedule and course descriptions.

Public Events

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Explore Maitripa! Sit in on classes during the first week of the Fall semester!

From August 29-September 2 come sit in on any class you are considering enrolling in. We welcome you to Explore Maitripa - come sit in on the first week of fall semester classes free! Just follow [...]

  • Discovering Buddhism

How to Meditate: Discovering Buddhism Series, August 2016

(August 15-24) Learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, different meditation techniques, and how to deal with obstacles to meditation. This series is open to [...]

FPMT Teacher Development Service Pilot Seminar

(October 21-23) This is a pilot seminar co-facilitated by longtime FPMT teacher Don Handrick and Maitripa College Dean and assistant to Yangsi Rinpoche, Namdrol Miranda Adams, presenting pedagogical methodology as it applies to teaching Buddhist principles [...]

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Volunteer: Compassion in Action at Maitripa College

Compassion in Action Service is one of the three pillars of an education at Maitripa College. Please consider joining our team of volunteers in our Volunteer Program, Compassion in Action, to work toward making [...]


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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
  • Details & Application Information
  • 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
  • Details & Application Information
  • 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
  • Details & Registration Information
  • 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