Maitripa College: Buddhist Scholarship, Meditation, and Service 2017-08-16T12:34:10+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.

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Introduction to Buddhist Thought (PHL301). This class will make use of philosophical treatises, literature, and historical analysis to present the foundations of Buddhist philosophy as taught by the early Indian pandits and commented upon by Tibetan scholars. Readings will include selections from the Abhidharma Kosha, Pramanavarttika, and Abhisamayalamkara, with particular focus on the readings that relate to the three scopes. . .>details and registration links

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (MDT301). This course will provide a broad introduction to the vast corpus of techniques and practices of Buddhist meditation, with particular emphasis on the techniques of analytical meditation. The course will be taught in an interactive format, allowing students the opportunity to learn specific meditations as directed by the instructor, practice them, and discuss their experiences in class. . . . details and registration links

Madhyamaka Philosophy: Where is the Middle Way? (PHL303). An overview and in-depth introduction to the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the philosophy and practice of Madhyamaka, or the Middle Way, as presented by the renowned Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna and his Indian and Tibetan commentators. Primary readings for this course include Lama Tsongkhapa’s Essence of Eloquence (Lekshe Nyingpo) and its sources. . . >details and registration links

Techniques of Meditation: Madhyamaka (MDT303). The subject matter of this course will parallel the topics of Buddhist philosophy as taught in as taught in PHL303 | PHL303d. The course will be taught in an interactive format, allowing students the opportunity to learn specific meditations as directed by the instructor, practice them, and discuss their experiences in class. Part of this class will include regular meditation sessions out of class, . . .>details and registration links

The Good Heart: Advice for Living, Liberation, and Leadership (PHL324). This class will explore the application and integration of spiritual values in leadership, from the perspectives of ancient India and contemporary contexts. The class will focus on a Buddhist text about the qualities and actions of enlightened leadership, such as Precious Garland of Advice for a King by Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna (1st – 2nd century) who was an adviser . . . >details and registration links

Buddha: Stories, Theories, Songs, Images, Devotion (HIS317). Buddha, “the awakened,” is the ideal being–and state of being–in all Buddhist traditions. This course will explore the contours of the Buddha-ideal as revealed in legendary narratives, devotional poems, ritual texts, visionary accounts, philosophical treatises, meditation manuals, and artistic representations. We will consider both classical conceptions of Buddha and modern reinterpretations. . . >details and registration links

Making the Invisible, Visible; Working with Unhealthy Bias and Up-rooting It (THL417). This course will address Buddhist Principles and Racism in the U.S. through readings like: Marc Lamont Hill’s “Nobody,” Debbie Irving’s “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race,” Carol Anderson’s “White Rage,” and parts of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” and excerpts from the writing of James Baldwin. . . >details and registration links

Who We Are & Who We Serve: Spiritual Formation & Foundations of Engagement. (CS001). An introduction to the service “core” at Maitripa College for both MA and MDiv students, focusing on understanding and developing a personal theology for spiritual formation, understanding the concept of spiritual transformation through service, developing knowledge and relationships with local community partners, and developing a familiarity with the concept. . . >details and registration links

Compassionate Service: Conflict & Diversity, Wisdom & Method. (CS003) This class focuses on applying real-world skillful means for the individual and groups in engaged service. The practical emphasis will be on learning Buddhist Ethics as a support to spiritual formation and service. This class will continue to examine personal narrative and storytelling as a means of constructing one’s relationships with others and the . . . >details and registration links

Survival and Liberation: The Complicated Relationship Between Trauma and Dharma (CST237). The experience of suffering is a gateway for many to the study of Buddhism. In the west. there is a common root of that suffering which propels exploring dharma but which is rarely named and discussed, although it can deeply effect the health of individual’s spiritual development and spiritual communities: trauma. In this course, we will look at Buddhism through the lens of trauma . . . >details and registration links

Expressing the Bodhisattva Vow through Skillful Relating – An Introduction to Compassionate Communication (CST317). You have a vow to help others become liberated from suffering, but the day to day of navigating your way through relationships can be challenging. Finding the words to say what’s essential can be difficult. You would like to express yourself in a way that truly helps others while remaining in integrity with your values. . .> details and registration links


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