Maitripa College: Buddhist Scholarship, Meditation, and Service 2017-04-22T09:26:46+00:00

Maitripa College offers a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, a Master of Divinity Degree, Continuing Education courses, and community programming. Founded upon the three pillars of scholarship, meditation, and service, our contemplative learning curriculum combines modern academic and traditional Tibetan Buddhist disciplines. Students thrive in a supportive community, developing the personal qualities of a good heart, tolerance, forgiveness, and joy, as well as professional skills to become agents of positive change in the world.

Summer Classical Tibetan & Fall Courses

SUMMER 2017: Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive with Bill Magee, PhD: Grammar and Translation Methodology (TIB 110) will draw from Joe Wilson’s Translating Buddhism from Tibetan. By the end of the summer, students will begin translation work with excerpts from the Second Dalai Lama’s Presentation of Tenets, Mi-pham’s Fundamental Mind and other texts chosen by the instructor . . .

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SUMMER 2017: TIB118: Introduction to Translating Classical Tibetan Text (1 credit) with Bill Magee, PhD is for the student who wishes to gain entry to reading Tibetan Buddhist philosophic works in the original language. Students will begin to learn translation skills by working through an annotated commentary of Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Exposition of the Path and other texts chosen by the instructor . . .

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FALL 2017: Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (PHL 301) with Yangsi Rinpoche will introduce antecedents that underpin Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, including a brief history of how current Tibetan Buddhist philosophy arose from Buddha’s teachings. The course will explore Je Tsongkhapa’s classical Tibetan text, the Lamrim Chenmo, commonly known as the gradual path to enlightenment . . .

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FALL 2017: Lam Rim Meditation (MDT301) with Yangsi Rinpoche will provide a broad introduction to techniques and practices common to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition with an emphasis on analytical meditation. Students gain familiarity with basic meditation structure and establish grounding in a traditional approach to meditation practice . . .

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FALL 2017: Madhyamaka Philosophy:  Where is the Middle Way? (PHL 303) with Yangsi Rinpoche provides an overview and in-depth introduction to the philosophy and practice of Mādhyamaka, the “Middle Way” as presented by Nāgārjuna based on the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras revealed in the Second Turning of Wheel Of Dharma. The Geluk presentation of Madhyamaka thought as inaugurated by Je Tsongkhapa will be the focus of this class . . .

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FALL 2017: Madhyamaka Meditation: Finding the Middle Way (MDT 303) will introduce students to some of the key structures and approaches to meditation on emptiness found within the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The topics of this course will parallel those covered in PHL303, and students have the opportunity to integrate their philosophical contemplation within their meditation . . .

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More Details Will Be Posted Here Shortly, including for these Fall courses:   Survival and Liberation: The Complicated Relationship between Trauma and Dharma | Who We Are & Who We Serve: Personal Theology & Foundations of Engagement | Compassionate Service: Conflict & Diversity, Wisdom & Method | Buddha: From Ancient Times to Our Times | Making the Invisible, Visible; Working with Unhealthy Bias and Up-rooting It.  

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Maitripa College Community programs provide opportunities for the public to join enrolled students in special events, workshops, teachings, and practices. Please join our community as we engage with visiting scholars, practitioners, and researchers and share in traditional Dharma teachings, pujas, prayers, and visits by visiting lamas and Buddhist teachers. These events are open to all.

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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