Required & Recommended Courses (72 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].


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)

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)


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)

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


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

Various Electives

THEOLOGY (The Arts of Buddhist Spiritual Care)

THL320~Contemporary Buddhist Thought and Theology (2)
THL 305~Engaged Buddhism: Social Justice and Ethics in Buddhist Thought and Practice (2)
THL410~Buddhist Rituals, Ethics, Services, and Ceremonies (2)
THL325~Understanding World Religions: Contributions to Justice and Peace (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)
CS500~Field Education Placement (variable)
Transfer Clinical Pastoral Education (one unit)


THL500~Final Comprehensive Project Designed in Consultation with Advisor(s) (4)


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)

GENERAL ELECTIVES: minimum, variable

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 planning to pursue national Board Certification as Chaplains are advised to consider both breadth and depth of training, whereas those preparing for future graduate work are advised to maximize language study, for example. The number of total electives is variable and students are advised to generate an individual plan with their advisors.