Prospective Students: Explore Maitripa College

Your curiosity about a graduate degree in Buddhist Studies or Divinity is welcome here! Students come to Maitripa College in beautiful Portland, Oregon, from all over the world. They bring diverse professional, personal, and spiritual backgrounds to their education, but they all share a common longing: to harness their potential for greater happiness, meaning, and beneficial achievement in their lives. We believe in the power of education to cultivate our potential to create a meaningful life. . .

Maitripa College is the first Tibetan Buddhist college in the pacific northwest, and was the host of the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit in May 2013. Maitripa College is based on the conviction that Buddhist thought and practice have significant contributions to make to American society and culture. Led by Geshe Lharampa, Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa’s educational model is based on the three pillars of Scholarship, Meditation, and Service, providing a contemplative and transformative educational experience. Scholarships and ordained sangha fellowships, flexible schedule, and the attractions of Portland, Oregon, put your affordable graduate degree or continuing education within reach. Maitripa is both a college and Buddhist Meditation Center. Click here to read our Mission Statement and here for quotes from students and alumni about their experience at the College.  Explore the links to the right for complete details on how to become part of the Maitripa community.

  • Understand Buddhist philosophy in Tibetan and Western scholastic contexts
  • Gain proficiency in Buddhist and secular meditation methods and traditional practices
  • Optional concentrations in Canonical Languages and Literature, and/or Spiritual Formation
  • Study Classical Tibetan language with Western and Tibetan translators
  • 44 credit program culminates with qualifying exam or thesis
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  • Professional theological degree for compassionate care, spiritual leadership, and chaplaincy
  • Program emphasizes service in community partnerships, and pastoral and counseling skills
  • Opportunities for spiritual community leadership and secular care giving internships
  • Learn to apply meditative techniques in oneself and with others
  • 72 credit program meets degree criteria for chaplaincy certification
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  • Join the Maitripa community as a non-degree seeking student
  • Explore Buddhist Meditation, Philosophy, and electives
  • Simple online application and enrollment process
  • Option to transfer credits into the MA or MDIV degree programs
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  • Join the only first-year Classical Tibetan Language summer intensive in the US
  • Learn Classical Tibetan in six weeks, with optional translation methodology extension
  • Engage in a unique translation training pedagogy for intensive study periods
  • Open to beginner to advanced levels
  • Credit and non-credit options
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  • Over 50 graduate-level courses offered in sequence over the course of your degree studies, including courses in Buddhist Philosophy,  Buddhist Meditation, Theology, Psychology, Contemplative Care and Counseling, the History of Buddhism, Classical Tibetan Language and much more
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  • Over 3,000 titles in print and multi-media materials, including approximately 2,000 English books, and 1,000 additional titles including videos of teachings and films, audio media for Tibetan language study, magazines and journals, as well as Tibetan, Sanskrit and Chinese works. >More
  • Meet some of our current students and alumni and read their stores:  “We Are Maitripa” 
Apply Now for Fall 2017 Degree Program Entry

Learn How a Maitripa College Education Can Help: watch this video to learn more about Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Graduate school, transformative, contemplative education, and traditional Buddhist scholarship, meditation, and service learning.

The best way to see if Maitripa College is right for you is to make some time to connect. Come for tea and a tour, schedule a phone call, sit in on classes, meet with faculty, students and alum, and attend one of our regularly scheduled community programs.  Contact use the form below to contact Tiffany in Admissions. Or call 503-235-2477 x 7005.

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