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

News & Events

Applications for 2016 degree program entry are now being accepted; please contact us to explore your options - or follow the link below to apply now!

SPECIAL NOTICE: Employment Opportunity at Maitripa College: Environmental Coordinator. This is a part-time salaried position beginning October 15, 2015. Applications will be accepted by email to through October 5, 2015. Hours: approximately 10-20/week, flexible in accordance with building needs. >Details

  • Public Meditation Sessions
  • Venerable Robina Courtin: Enjoying Death
  • The Foundation Service Seminar (FSS): Part 1 Compassion in Action
  • 2015 Winter Benefit & Silent Auction
  • Fall 2016 Degree Program Application
  • Volunteer: Compassion in Action at Maitripa College

Academics & Admission

Graduates at Maitripa CollegeMaitripa 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.
Earn Your Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies (MA) Degree
Earn Your Master of Divinity (MDiv) Degree
Take a Course as a Continuing Education Student
Classical Tibetan Language Studies at Maitripa
Explore the Complete Maitripa College Course Catalog
James A. Blumenthal Library at Maitripa College
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In the Media

  • Seven Billion Brothers & Sisters ~ Dalai Lama at Maitripa College
  • In the Media: Maitripa Students Featured in Mandala Magazine Online
  • Maitripa College 2014 Annual Report

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.