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My First Year at RYI

It’s been just slightly over a year since I first came to Nepal, and the question which comes to mind is the one which I was asked most when I was back in Singapore last December: ‘What have you learnt?’ I’m not sure what my friends were expecting – some kind of Buddhist halo around […]

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All the Joy… Studying at RYI

All the Joy… Studying at RYI “All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.”[1] This is not the typical topic of discussion in any other institution in any part of the world. But it lies at the […]

Bachelor in Buddhist Studies Bodhicaryāvatāra Studentlife Study

A Shedra Student

The feeling is indescribable; I have never studied in a Shedra before. The atmosphere is so welcoming at the Shedra , it feels like home. This is my first formal education in Buddhism and I cannot think of a better place than RYI. The whole Shedra experience has been and is very over whelming. Personally, I feel that the classes are […]

Bodhicaryāvatāra Phakchok Rinopche Refuge

What a realization can do…

While studying at RYI I learned from the beginning that there is a big difference between understanding something and realizing something. Understanding can help, but realizing a fact that one was already persuaded about before can give a whole new perspective to everything. Even if it’s only a tiny realization. This came to me while […]

Bodhicaryāvatāra Mustang Santideva Study

The Way of the Bodhisattva

Hello to everyone on the Rangjung Yeshe Institute Student Blog. I am Raju Gurung and I am from Mustang which is the North Central Part of Nepal. Currently I am doing my BA at RYI. In the year 2011 I got to know about RYI and its Buddhist Studies Programme through one of my local […]

Anniversary Bodhicaryāvatāra Boudhanath

First-year class 2008

Bodhicaryavatara class 2008 (happy people) Reunion 2013 (still happy) In September 2008 assembled a motley group of people from all around world in Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s shrine room for a welcome reception. We had all made the excellent decision to come to Nepal to do the BA in Buddhist studies here at RYI. Although we did not know […]

Bodhicaryāvatāra Graduate MA students MA Thesis

Well done Leo!

Congratulations to Leonard Brouwer, who successfully defended his Master of Arts Thesis on Friday, July 22. Leo’s Dissertation Titel is: ‘The Bodhicaryāvatāra-ṬippaṇīA Study and Edition of a Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra’. The Dissertation Supervisor was Dr. David V. Fiordalis and the external Examiner was Dr. Harunaga Isaacson from University of Hamburg, Germany.  What are your […]

Bodhicaryāvatāra Studentlife Study

Trees Are Trees

A famous Zen master once said,  “while practicing in the path, initially the trees are trees, the mountains are mountains, and the oceans are oceans, but at some point the trees are no more trees, the mountains are no more mountains and the oceans are no more oceans… and finally at the end of the […]