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 two years program, Aug 2019 – June 2021): (currently switched to online
lecturing using Zoom due to the pandemic crisis)


However, you are welcome to audit the classes. Please email to YBEF office  to request for auditing. 

Subject information for semester 3 (Aug 1 – Dec 6, 2020):

Subjects to be taught:

1. DPBS 13084 Selected Readings in Chinese Buddhist Sutras (4 credits)
Instructor: Ms. Katty Choi
Dates: Aug 1-2, Aug 15-16, Aug 29-30, Sept 12-13, Sept 26-27

2. DPBS 13094 Modern Movements of Humanistic Buddhism (4 credits)
Instructor: Mr. Ang Choo Hong
Dates: Oct 9-11, Oct 23-25, Nov 6-8, Nov 20-22, Dec 4-6

For the details of the schedule and lecture topics, please click: DPBS Semester 3_subject schedule and lecture topics_revised

Teachers’ brief biographies:

Ms. Katty Choi is currently a lay Buddhist teacher at MABA. She has more than 16 years of
business experience in the financial field before her retirement. Katty holds a MA degree in
Buddhist Studies from Hong Kong University (2004) and has over 10 years of teaching
experience in Chinese Language and Buddhism e.g. taught at Fo Guang Shan of St. Louis (2010-
2011) and taught as a substitute teacher at Hong Kong international School, middle and high
school in Hong Kong (1997-2003). Besides, she also has experiences in translating Buddhist
articles (Chinese and English) and has learned and practiced vispassana meditation from SN
Goenka tradition. Apart from that, Katty has been self-learning Dhamma by taking online
programs (2013-2019) such as Buddhist courses taught by Mr. Lin, She-Chieh in Taiwan, courses
on “The Way to Buddhahood”, “The Great Treaties on the Stages of the Path to
Enlightenment”, “Explanation of the Bodhisattva’s Precepts”, etc.

Mr. Ang, Choo Hong holds a MS degree in Engineering from University of Malaya. He is a
professional engineer and had served in various capacities before retiring as a Director in the
Public Works Department of Malaysia. He has been an active Buddhist since his undergraduate
and holds various positions in various Buddhist societies in Malaysia. He is currently the
Chairman of Yayasan Belia Buddhist Malaysia (YBBM), President of Buddhist Research Society
Malaysia (BRSM), advisor of Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (BMSM), Executive Board
member of World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) and Executive Committee member of the
International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB). In 2014 he received the “World
Outstanding Buddhist Leader” award from the Office of National Buddhism of Thailand, and the
“Global Peace Ambassador” award from International Buddha Education Institute of India in
2016. He is an eloquent speaker at many local and international seminars and forums, and has
authored and published several books in different languages. For example, books in Chinese
are: “Perspectives of Buddhism” (White House Book Centre, 1998), “For the Love of Buddhism”
(BMSM Publication, 2003) and “I Speak the Truth” (BRSM Publication, 2011), “Rowing in the
Dharma Sea” (YBBM Publication, 2019. Books in English are: “Religious Life in Contemporary
Society” (BMSM Publication, 2002) and “Applied Buddhism” (YBBM publication, 2020). Book
written in both English and Chinese is “Little Stories of a Great Monk” (BMSM Publication,
For his distinguished service to the society and the nation, His Majesty the King of Malaysia
bestowed him the Royal Knight of Loyalty (KSD) in 1996 and the Order of Royal Champion of
Loyalty (JSD) in 2005. In 2000, His Majesty the Sultan of Selangor bestowed him the Medal of
Distinguished Service (PPT) and the Order of the Defender of the State (DSPN) by the Governor
of Penang, Malaysia.


Donations are welcome to support the on-going educational program.
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 donation, please send via check make payable to “YBEF” and mail to YBEF, 299 HEGER LN, AUGUSTA, MO 63332.

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