Please note that this course has been put on hold.

Certificate in Buddhist Studies


A 3-year full time residential Buddhist studies course based on the sutra and tantra texts traditionally studied in the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu tradition.

Shangpa Rinpoche envisioned and designed this course to meet the needs of students from all over the world to gain an in-depth understanding of the Dharma. This course is based on an integrated and systematic approach that incorporates study with lots of opportunities for discussion and meditation on what one has learned.

Taught by fully-qualified Khenpo's (teachers) with translation into English by an experienced translator.

This course consists of 2 semesters in a year, commencing in November and ending in February / March.

After the completion of the three-year course, students who wish to progress further can choose to continue with the optional 4th and 5th year courses.

Course Syllabus

Listed below is a summary of the course subjects for year 1 to year 5. For detailed explanations of the course syllabus, please refer to Detailed Course Syllabus:

Year One
Subject Code Course Subject
BP 101 The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Chapters 1-10)
BP 102 The Two Truths (Satyadvayavatara)
BP 103 The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattva
LA 101 Tibetan Language
MR 101 Meditation and Rituals
Year Two
Subject Code Course Subject
BP 201 The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Chapters 11-21)
BP 202 The Heart Sutra
BP 203 The 9th Chapter of Bodhicharyavatara.
LA 201 Tibetan Language
MR 201 Introduction to Sanskrit
Year Three
Subject Code Course Subject
BP 301 Buddhist History
BP 302 The Madhyamika Avatara Prajna
LA 301 Tibetan Language
Year Four and Five (Optional)
Subject Code Course Subject
BP 401 and 501 Uttara Tantra Shastra by Maitreya

The Institute reserves the right to make any amendments and/or changes to the program if warranted by circumstances beyond its control.


During the orientation period, all paperwork relating to the student enrolment and visa applications will be processed. Students will also be introduced to the Course and the Institute. They will also be furnished with information on living in Nepal. There will also be meetings with the resident Khenpos and lamas of the Institute.

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be above 18 years old and have the deep interest in furthering their spiritual development. Candidates whose native language is not English must show minimum proficiency in reading and understanding written English.

Apply For This Course

1 - Download Registeration Form

To register, please download the registration form (word doc), then fill out the form.

Download Registration Form for Course

2 - Email Completed Registeration Form

Once completed please submit the registration form via email to: or

Alternative Method

If you prefer not to register with the course with email please post the completed registration form to this address:

The Administrator
Kagyu Institute of Buddhist Studies
G.P.O. Box 3157,
Dev Doka,
Ward No 2,





Acknowledgement and Payment

Applicants whose applications are accepted will receive an e-mail confirmation outlining their payment details.

If you do not receive such an acknowledgement within 2 weeks from the date of submitting your registration form, please notify us via email.

Late applicants may still be admitted to the program but such admissions will not be guaranteed.

Registration Deadlines


Please note that completed registration forms must be received at least one month before closing date to guarantee a place for this admission year.

Cancellation and Withdrawal

The Institute reserves the right to make any amendments or changes to the programme including delay the commencement of the programmes or withdraw all the programmes altogether if warranted by circumstances beyond its control. In the event of such withdrawal of the program by the institute, you will receive a full refund of the course fee paid.

If you wish to cancel your registration, notification must be made in writing and sent either by or post. Requests for withdrawals and refunds will be treated on a case-by-case basis, and be subjected to approval by the Institute.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Part-time Students

You can enroll as a part-time student if you wish to attend only some of the courses. Please contact the Administrator for information about part-time course fees.

Application Form and General Procedures Word Doc

We have this general information here as a Word document for your convenience.

Previous Years Course Calenders

Archive of Previous Years Intakes

Year 2008/09 Intake - Course Calender
Date Program Details Remarks
20 Nov 08 - 23 Dec 08 1st Semester  
24 Dec 08 - 01 Jan 09 Term break  
02 Jan 09 - 05 Feb 09 2nd Semester  
Year 2007/08 Intake - Course Calender
Date Program Details Remarks
18 Nov 07 - 23 Dec 07 1st Semester  
24 Dec 07 - 01 Jan 08 Term break  
02 Jan 08 - 05 Feb 08 2nd Semester  
Year 2006/07 Intake - Course Calender
Day Program Details Remarks
23 Oct - 22 Dec 06 1st Semester  
23 Dec 06 - 01 Jan 07 Term break  
02 Jan 07 - 11 Mar 07 2nd Semester Including 10 days break for the Tibetan New Year
Year 2005/06 Intake - Course Calender
Day Program Details Remarks
29 Oct 05 - 31 Oct 05 Registration and Orientation  
01 Nov 05 - 24 Dec 05 1st Semester  
25 Dec 05 - 01 Jan 06 Term break  
02 Jan 06 - 11 Mar 06 2nd Semester Including 10 days break for the Tibetan New Year
12 Mar 06 2005/06 Long Course Ends