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

Mourning the Loss of Our Friend


In Memory of Jim Blumenthal

With deep sadness, we announce the loss of our dear friend and spiritual brother, Professor James Blumenthal (“Jim”), who passed away in the early hours of October 8, 2014 at his home in Portland, Oregon after a year-long battle with cancer. Jim is deeply loved and will be forever remembered by his friends and family, and especially his family at Maitripa College. He made a huge and beautiful impact on our world and our community. We will miss him so much. >READ TRIBUTES TO JIM’S LIFE, LINKS TO PRAYERS AND OTHER RESOURCES

If you want to leave a message, post a photo, video or audio file remembering Jim,
you can do so BY CLICKING HERE.

Join Us In Celebration of Jim’s Life

A Celebration of Life in Remembrance of Jim: DATE: Sunday, October 26, 2014, TIME: 1:30pm, LOCATION: World Forestry Center, Miller Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Rd. Portland 97221  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THIS EVENT. YOUR RSVP WILL HELP US WITH PREPARATIONS.  If you cannot join us in person, you may send words and/or pictures to us by email. We will share them on your behalf at the memorial.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Maitripa College. You can make your donation below. Select “Leave a message” at the final screen to add your message.  All donations and messages will be conveyed to the family:

In Memory of Jim

News & Events

OF SPECIAL NOTE: Join us this weekend for a special visit by the beloved teacher Ven. Chodron. Planning for the popular 2014 Online Auction is now underway and your help is needed! Please click on the links below for these and other activities.

  • Venerable Thubten Chodron: October 25-26
  • Thursday Night Public Teachings
  • Himalayan Buddhist Arts: Embodied Enlightenment
  • Online Auction: Enlighten Me 2014!
  • Winter Benefit: Enlighten Me 2014!
  • Calendars

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, Mediation, 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. Click here to read our Mission Statement and 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
The Maitripa College Research Library
View Fall 2014 Course List and Schedule
Academic Quick Links & FAQs

In the Media

  • In the Media: Maitripa Students Featured in Mandala Magazine Online
  • E-Book ~ Seven Billion Brothers & Sisters

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.