Diploma in Pali and Buddhist Studies (DPBS)
2 years program offered jointly by the Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and Right Mindfulness Training Academy (RMTA).
To provide both monastics and laypersons with the opportunity to earn a college degree in Buddhist studies.
This Associate-equivalent program consists of 16 compulsory credits and 14 optional credits for the total of 450 class hours, taken over two years period at part-time basis, total of four semesters.
Lectures will be conducted in English and all students will attend in-person. (No online option). The classes will be held at MABA on two weekends each month, total of five months each semester.
Certificate will be conferred by University of Kelaniya.
DPBS (on-going classes) Aug 2019 – June 2021:
Practical training of mindfulness:
In addition to attending classes, one-week training of mindfulness will be organized at MABA.
To audit some of the classes
Bhante D. Upananda:
Bhante obtained his B.A. and MA in Pali from University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka, M.A. in Religious Studies from Florida International University, Master of Philosophy in Modern South Asian Studies with Emphasis on Religion from University of Cambridge, and Higher Master’s in Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages from North-central University. Bhante currently is a doctoral researcher in Buddhist Mindfulness studies from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. Bhante Upananda is very experienced in teaching; he was a lecturer in World Religion at Florida International University (2007- 2009), and lecturer in Buddhist Studies at Ren Ci College in Singapore (1997-1999) and University of Kelaniya (1994-1997). Bhante is currently an International TESOL Instructor, coach in mindfulness practice, and a counsellor for child, juvenile, divorce, and family issues.
Bhante D. Kusalagnana:
Bhante obtained his B.A. in Pali, M.A. in Buddhist Studies, Master of Philosophy from University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge MA, and currently is a PhD candidate in Sri Jayawardenapura University, Sri Lanka. Bhante taught Pali and Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka (2010-2013), and served as a chaplain in Brigham and Women’s’ Hospital (Boston, MA) in 2016 and 2017-2018. Bhante is currently a resident monastic at Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara, MI.
One-time payment of USD500.00 will be collected for registration at the university. RMTA does not charge any fees from the students. For those who needs financial assistance, please contact us.
This is a non-profit program merely for educational purpose, aiming at benefiting all students who are interested in improving oneself. All expenses of this program—teachers’ salary, full and partial scholarship for students, facilities and management, lodging and food−is fully supported by Youth Buddhist Educational Foundation (YBEF) and public contribution.
To make a one-time payment, please send via check make payable to “YBEF” and mail to YBEF, 299 HEGER LN, AUGUSTA, MO 63332.
Or via PayPal (if you choose “send to friends and family”, no fee will be charged on either side.)