Required & Recommended Courses (44 Credits)

Note: Maitripa College faculty and staff are committed to periodic review and revision of this curriculum in light of new findings and methods in the fields of study, feedback from alumni and professionals, and faculty expertise. Maitripa College does not guarantee all courses will be offered as listed in the coming years. An individual student’s course of study will vary according to concentrations, language studies, pace of study, and elective options. For more information on courses and curriculum, please contact us at [email protected]ripa.org.

PHILOSOPHY PILLAR Courses

REQUIRED:
PHL301~Introduction to Buddhist Thought (2)
PHL302~Foundations of Buddhist Thought: The Medium and Great Scope (2)
PHL303~Madhyamaka Philosophy: Where is the Middle Way? (2)
PHL304~Madhayamaka Philosophy: A Dose of Emptiness (2)
HIS301~History of Buddhist Thought in India and Tibet (2)
PHL450~Theories and Methods in Buddhist Studies (2)

RECOMMENDED:
PHL308~Mahamudra: Realizing the Nature of Mind (2)
PHL401~Vajrayana Philosophy (2)
PHL325~The Good Heart: Mind Training to Transform Our Lives (Buddhist and Western Psychology dialogue) (2)
PHL323~The Good Heart: Cultivating Patience and Joyous Effort, Reducing Anger and Apathy (Buddhist and Western Psychology dialogue) (2)
HIS317~Buddha: Stories, Songs, Theories, Devotions (1)


MEDITATION PILLAR Courses

REQUIRED:
MDT301~Introduction to Buddhist Meditation (2)
MDT302~Techniques of Buddhist Meditation: The Medium and Great Scope (2)
MDT303~Techniques of Meditation: Madhyamaka (2)
MDT304~Madhyamaka Meditation: Preparation for Vajrayana (2)

RECOMMENDED:
MDT401~Vajrayana Meditation (2)
MDT308~Techniques of Meditation: Mahamudra (2)
THL338~Insight Dialogue (1)


SERVICE PILLAR Courses

REQUIRED:
CS301~Foundations of Buddhist Service (2)
CS302~Finding Your voice: Communication and Context (2)
CS303~Chaplaincy and Models of Spiritual Care (2)
CS304~Serving Buddhist Communities (2)

RECOMMENDED:
Various Electives


THEOLOGY Courses

REQUIRED:
THL320~Contemporary Buddhist Thought and Theology (or equivalent) (2)
THL305~Engaged Buddhism: Social Justice and Ethics in Buddhist Thought and Practice (2)

RECOMMENDED:
THL410~Buddhist Rituals, Ethics, Services, and Ceremonies (2)
THL423~Spiritual Care in Practice (1)
THL339~Introduction to Mindful Compassionate Dialogue (1)
THL428~Family systems and Group Process (1)
THL438~Women and Buddhism (2)
THL417~Making the Invisible, Visible: Working with Unhealthy Bias and Uprooting It (1)
CST237~Survival and Liberation: The Complicated Relationship between Trauma and Dharma (1)


CLASSICAL TIBETAN LANGUAGE Courses

Graduate students in the MA program are required to complete a minimum of six credits in Classical Tibetan language on-site at Maitripa College; the exact courses to meet the minimum may vary depending on prior study or availability of the student for summer enrollment. Students with interest in doctoral studies, translation, and practice and philosophic texts are encouraged to take as many credit hours as possible, with both Western and Tibetan teachers.

COURSES:
TIB110~Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive [strongly encouraged] (6)
TIB118~Introduction to Translating Tibetan Texts (1)
TIB101~Introduction to Classical Tibetan Language I (2)
TIB102~Introduction to Classical Tibetan Language II (2)
TIB201~Intermediate Classical Tibetan Language I (2)
TIB202~Intermediate Classical Tibetan Language II (2)
TIB301~Seminar in Tibetan Translation (var)


CULMINATING PROJECT, THESIS, OR COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

REQUIRED: 
THL500 Comprehensive Exam/Thesis/Project (4)


GENERAL ELECTIVES and Curricular Planning

Students may select non-required courses from the course catalogue and new courses as they are offered to build specific competencies or concentrations of study according to their educational interests and goals. Students are advised to consider both breadth and depth of training, as well as requirements or expectations for post-graduate needs. The number of total electives is variable, and students are advised to generate an individual plan with their advisors.