Maitripa College offers a Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, a Master of Divinity Degree, Continuing Education courses, and community programming. Founded upon the three pillars of SCHOLARSHIP, MEDITATION, AND SERVICE, our contemplative learning curriculum combines modern academic and traditional Tibetan Buddhist disciplines. Students thrive in a supportive community, developing the personal qualities of a good heart, tolerance, and joy, as well as professional skills to become agents of positive change in the world. We realize that any one of these three pillars is available in a number of different ways in our lives—mindfulness trainings, dharma centers, colleges, and non-profits are everywhere. But only at Maitripa College are they combined to create a transformative and integrated education that is grounded in tradition. 

Also unique to Maitripa College is the fact that our meditation and philosophy courses are taught both by trained western scholars and traditionally trained Tibetan masters, including Geshe Lharampa Yangsi Rinpoche, who speaks fluent English and gives instruction in a manner that is relaxed, loving, and directly from his own experience.  Please explore the information on this page and click here for more information for prospective students and to contact us to explore your interests and options further.

Make Your Practice Your Life: The Three Pillars of an Education at Maitripa College


Through rigorous academic investigation, including courses on the Lamrim, Madhyamaka, Engaged Buddhism, History of Buddhist Philosophy, Theories and Methods, and more, we have access to both the breadth of scholarship available in the western academy and the depth of knowledge and wisdom transmitted through the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Through open dialogue and seminar-style classes, our faculty and students make Buddhist scholarship come alive.



Unlike many places where one can practice mindfulness or meditate today, our meditation courses are combined with study and offer a clear and direct pathway to familiarize oneself with one’s mind.  Through initial exposure to the path through classical and modern literature, followed immediately by sitting practice on the same, we create a map for understanding our experiences in meditation. As a result of the meditation pillar, we learn the antidotes to an anxious or dull mind—both in theory and practice. Our classes are at once modern, focused on common issues and misconceptions of contemporary practice, and ancient, tapping into traditional and time-tested methods for familiarizing oneself with the mind.



The service pillar is where the “rubber meets the road” within the Maitripa College education. Exploring relationships outside of College grounds, students are paired with a community partner with whom they dedicate their time and effort in service. Working in hospice, in prisons, at schools, with the homeless community, in interfaith environments, or in any number of other volunteer capacities in and around Portland, students are guided to develop personal spiritual formation as a basis from which to take their study and practice off the cushion and into the world to benefit others.


The Maitripa College Retreat Model Structure

We are inspired by the wish to make the most of the precious opportunity and our fortune in being born in this time and place, in which we are equipped to learn from and with one another in so many ways, and are also able to have and to offer unprecedented access and flexibility to peers, mentors, and friends from all around the world.

Therefore, we offer our Spring 2023 courses and degree program entry in a combination of onsite and online formats, with individualized support for degree program students to structure their learning as a semester-long “retreat.” Course offerings will be supplemented by robust community program offerings at Maitripa College, and, for degree program students, the opportunity to design your own “retreat” to best support integration of course material into your daily life.

All classes will be offered in-person with synchronous, online access for out-of-state Auditors.

The MA and MDiv degree programs courses are offered for graduate credit at Maitripa College to Oregon students. Oregon students may also enroll as Continuing Education students. Students outside of Oregon are welcome to enroll for the purpose of life-enrichment as non-credit Auditors.

The Maitripa College “retreat” model offers students both onsite and online course delivery formats and the encouragement to make your educational journey one of spiritual and community formation as well.

In the Arms of the Buddha: Reset and Restore Your Mind and Practice –
A Year of Immersion Into Traditions of Restoration and Resilience in Tibetan Buddhism

Spring 2023 Retreat:

Classes Open to All (Click here for schedule and course descriptions)

  • THL425: Death, Loss, Grieving and Healing: Personal and Community Processes
  • PHL328: Advanced Mind Training and Service as Spiritual Practice II: Lojong, Calm-Abiding, and Your Community
  • THL416: Systemic Suffering and Collective Liberation: Awakening to Race, Dharma, and Ourselves

Classes for Advanced Standing Students (Click here for schedule and course descriptions)

  • TIB301(r): Seminar in Tibetan Translation
  • CS304: Buddhist Ministry and the Spiritual Caregiver in Buddhist / Spiritual Communities
  • PHL308: Mahamudra: Realizing the Nature of Mind
  • MDT308: Mahamudra Meditation