For this fall only, the faculty and staff of Maitripa College are excited to open a selection of classes to students outside of Oregon. As COVID-19 is keeping many colleges online this fall, Maitripa College has a unique opportunity to open classroom doors to students out-of-state and abroad to Auditors who wish to study alongside our local Continuing Education and Degree Program students.

Maitripa College faculty chose four classes (see below) that are suited to a larger student-body, and beneficial to CE students, Degree program students, and auditing students alike. The Admissions Committee is looking for students who seek adult enrichment, personal development, and connection with fellow students and practitioners. These courses are appropriate for introductory Tibetan Buddhist students and those who wish to deepen a connection to practice with timely and relevant topics. Space will be limited to ensure that the sense of community and connection is maintained, and there will be several spaces per class reserved for monastics.

While out-of-state students will not earn credit, every student, whether enrolled for credit or auditing, will be expected to attend all classes live (via Zoom), participate in readings and discussions, and complete assignments on time. Students can anticipate spending approximately two hours on reading and assignments for every hour of class time.


DATES & TIMES (See details in course descriptions below):  Each of these four courses meets for two hours once a week for fifteen weeks between August 31, 2020 and December 19, 2020.  Class times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) until November 1, and Pacific Standard Time (PST) thereafter.  PDT = Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -7; PST = Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -8

COSTS:  Costs are $810 per class plus a one-time student fee of $50 for the term. Several spots in each course will be available to monastics with full tuition waived.

* Space is limited and applying does not ensure acceptance.
* There is a $10 non-refundable application processing fee.
* Tuition will be due on the first day of class.
* Auditing students will not receive a grade, transcript, nor graduate credit for courses completed.
* Auditing students are expected to participate fully in the course as designed by the instructor.
* Auditing students will have full access to course materials and college resources, including engagement with classmates, faculty, and teaching assistants, library, and community practices.
 *CE (Continuing Education) students who reside in the State of Oregon may not enroll as Auditors; CE students do receive a grade, transcript, and credit hours for completed courses.
*This is a unique, one-time opportunity made possible due to the unique circumstances of Covid-19; Maitripa College is not an online college, does not offer online classes or programs, and does not plan to do so in the near future.

Fall 2020 Courses Available for Out-of-State Continuing Education Students

MDT301: Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Faculty: Yangsi Rinpoche
Fridays, 11:15am – 1:15pm

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. The subject matter will parallel the topics of Buddhist philosophy as taught in PHL301 | PHL301d. Part of this class will include regular meditation sessions out of class, the keeping of a sitting journal, and the opportunity for objective discussion on the effect of these practices on the individual’s mind. If desired, the committed student will have the opportunity to work with the instructor to design a personal meditation practice.

PHL301: Introduction to Buddhist Thought

Faculty: Yangsi Rinpoche
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm PDT

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 may include selections from the Abhidharma Kosha, Pramanavarttika, and Abhisamayalamkara, with particular focus on the readings that relate to the three scopes of the lamrim as presented by the Tibetan scholar Je Tsongkhapa. Students will be introduced to dependent arising, the structure of Buddhist logic, and familiarity with Buddhist logic and logical arguments. Students will come away from this course with a foundation in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and knowledge of key issues of Buddhist Studies, including personal identity and the five skandhas, subtle impermanence, the basics of a Buddhist world view, and how these relate to our lives.

THL305: Engaged Buddhism: Non-Violence and Social Justice in Buddhist Thought and Practice

Faculty: Leigh Miller
Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm PDT

Engaged Buddhism is the application of the Dharma to problems that cause suffering in the world. Most commonly it is thought of as Buddhist social and political action but may be broadly inclusive of any form of engagement with the cessation of suffering (e.g. war, racism, ecological crises, sexism, homo-transphobia, authoritarianism, etc) for oneself and others on the basis of Buddhist principles and practices (e.g. equanimity, interdependence, four noble truths, paramita, ethics and precepts). Socially Engaged Buddhism is not aligned with any particular Buddhist denomination and can be found across the Buddhist world. It has been more clearly defined and prominent in the past fifty years thanks to the efforts of leading Engaged Buddhist thinkers like Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sulak Sivaraksa, Samdhong Rinpoche, and Joana Macy, among others. In this class we will look at the actions of Engaged Buddhists and investigate our own “engagement,” exploring how to transform society towards creating a world that engenders peace and nurtures compassion and wisdom.

THL337: Empathy, Listening, and Mindful Compassionate Dialogue

Faculty: LaShelle Lowe-Charde
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm PDT

In the fields of professional spiritual care, and within our communities and relationships, “sympathy,” “empathy,” and “compassion,” are said to be valued, but have often been poorly or insufficiently defined. This situation contributes to a lack of clarity about how to practice and embody these learnable skills, as well as to common struggles referred to as exhaustion “compassion fatigue,” “empathetic distress,” and even violations of boundaries and ethical standards. How do we deeply listen to others, so they feel seen and heard and healing connection is created, without being overcome ourselves? Empathy is foundational to our aspirations to cultivate healthy and supportive relationships for oneself and others. Students of this class will gain theoretical and applied understanding of the 12 essential aspects of empathy in Mindful Compassionate Dialogue (and Nonviolent Communication or NVC). Students will learn to stay grounded while deescalating difficult conversations, recognize and set healthy boundaries, create healthy differentiation and emotional security, recognize and work with our own obstacles to empathy and self-empathy, and to build a functional vocabulary of feelings and needs. Students will enter a safe environment for practice and learning and should expect to share experiences from their lives.  For each class there will be an introduction to concepts and skills, practice time in structured exercises in pairs or small groups, and then whole group questions and discussion time.