Special in-depth stories of students’ experience at Maitripa College:

What Our Students Say (2019-2020)

Maitripa College can meet you where you are, whether you are very new to Buddhist practice, or you have a long-established practice. You will still find deep learning and a genuine community here! Please consider coming to Maitripa!

My decision to come to Maitripa has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Maitripa has opened the door to a wealth of wisdom and caring for which I will always be grateful.

The people at Maitripa are the kindest people I have met anywhere. Their kindness is based in Buddhist philosophy, service and practice. Which does not necessarily mean that people don’t also go deep in their learning and in the tackling of real life topics. We do-both!

Maitripa provides a type of education you won’t easily find elsewhere; first, the student is led to explore the inner world rather than the outer world, you really come to know yourself at Maitripa and this helps in interpreting just what’s going on around you. Second, the approach to teaching is similar to that the Buddha used – topics and issues are pointed out and you are shown how and encouraged to explore them – there’s no didactic teaching at Maitripa.  And third, the student body is unique in providing a non-competitive, safe and supportive environment for personal learning; I am quickly making some lovely and close friends at Maitripa.

When I first came to Maitripa, there was a lot of uncertainty in my life, and I wasn’t sure whether I could make it work to do the program.  At the end of my first day of classes, I remember reflecting on what I had learned and experienced that day, and I remember thinking that if it didn’t work out for me to continue the program, I was still so very grateful to have had that one day.  That one incredible day at Maitripa changed my life.  Two years later, still in the program, I still feel that way.  Every day at Maitripa changes my life.  And I am so grateful to everyone who makes it happen, offering this rare and precious gift to those of us lucky enough to have found it.

Maitripa has taught me that deep happiness comes from serving others. It has also taught me that it is possible to have a deep sense of calm and wisdom even amidst intense suffering, and that anything can be used for the path to enlightenment.

I’m really grateful for the relationships with my classmates. It’s wonderful to get excited about something and have people to share it with.

The ultimate gift to myself and others. It’s difficult to express the internal change I’ve experienced, which has happened in so many ways. To have the teachers, the curriculum, and the peers to develop my raw and unrefined qualities and potential is truly a gift.

Meet Some Maitripa College Alumni

Alumni of the MDiv Degree Program are employed as chaplains in hospitals and take leadership roles in their local spiritual communities. MA Degree Program alumni continue into Religious Studies PhD Programs or work as translators at Dharma Centers. In addition, many graduates of both programs continue to offer service locally to Maitripa College as well as to the FPMT as employees, volunteers, and teachers. Here are some of their stories.

Karl Schmid (MA)

KARL SCHMID is completing his PhD in the Religion program at Emory University. He credits Maitripa College with helping him discover [...]

More Alumni News

(August 2017). Congratulations to Maitripa College Master of Divinity students JULIE DREYER and DAVID REEB, Maitripa College Master of Divinity students who were celebrated this week for their accomplishments in completing rigorous Clinical Pastoral Education programs. >News Report and Photos

(May 2016). 2016 Graduate DAVID LANGLER was offered a position as Program Manager at the Mind and Life Institute and begins service there this month.

(April 2016). 2015 Graduate KRISTEN MULLEN was offered a position and will begin service as an Associate Chaplain this Fall at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland.