Dharma Realm Buddhist University was founded by the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association in 1976. Located near Ukiah, California (approximately 110 miles north of San Francisco) the campus is composed of over 70 buildings on about 500 acres of beautiful countryside. The University is situated on the grounds of the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, a community of monks, nuns, students, and lay persons seeking to further their personal and spiritual development through the study of the Buddha's teachings.
Dharma Realm Buddhist University provides education in the areas of Buddhist Studies, Language Study and Translation, Chinese Studies, and related fields. Goals of the University programs include:
(1) training of undergraduate students in their chosen fields of study, either in preparation for further education at the graduate level, or to participate in the understanding and transmission of Buddhist teachings throughout the world, or as a firm grounding for the student's chosen vocational path;
(2) the preparation of graduate students for positions of academic or religious leadership; and
(3) the development of moral character and self-knowledge.
The University expects all of its graduates, regardless of their chosen vocations, to aspire to work for the benefit of the entire world rather than merely for selfish and personal gain. The University welcomes all students, regardless of age or background, who share its vision.
Dharma Realm Buddhist University continues the millennia-old tradition of Buddhist commitment to the development of both wisdom and virtue. Therefore, the University setting offers students the maximum opportunity to study and practice according to the Buddha's teachings and to carry on the practice and path of traditional Buddhism. The University is part of an international community dedicated to culling best features from the cultures and traditions of all peoples, nations, and religions. For that reason, cultural and religious diversity is actively sought in the faculty, administration, and student body. As a meeting point of East and West, of ancient and modern, Dharma Realm Buddhist University presents a unique chance to participate in the development of a truly international society.
Throughout the programs and services of the University, a high premium is placed upon the development of personal character and good citizenship. Each degree program is designed in a manner that assures a balance between the development of moral character and the transmission of knowledge. The ethical dimension of the curriculum is concerned with the student as a whole person: a member of a family; of a university community; of a religious community; of an extended local, national, and world community; and of a professional community for which the student is in preparation.
To help students realize the responsibilities of each role, the University encourages them to preserve the purity of their bodies and minds by observing only the highest standards of moral conduct. They are encouraged to be mindful of their opportunity to become inspiring examples for society and the world at large. The qualities of humaneness, integrity, filial respect, and responsible citizenship are emphasized both formally and informally. In addition, students learn to honor the Six Principles of cooperation, generosity, not seeking for personal gratification, unselfishness, service, and honesty. Within the University community, faculty and students all abstain from drugs and drinking alcoholic beverages, social dancing, smoking, gambling, and promiscuity. Unmarried men and women students live and study separately. All food on campus is vegetarian.
The University is organized into the following Programs, leading to degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Buddhist Study & Practice Program offers the Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Buddhist Study and Practice. The core curriculum is developed around texts selected to reflect the most important aspects of traditional Buddhism and its practice. Following completion of preparatory courses at the advanced levels, students may specialize in areas of textual study appropriate to individual interests.
The Master of Buddhist Education is also offered, with opportunities for student teaching at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels.
The Translation & Buddhist Languages Program offers the Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Translation of Buddhist Texts in areas of concentration related to the traditional languages of Buddhist textual sources. These include Chinese, Sanskrit, and modern languages in addition to English. The focus is upon attaining proficiency in the target languages required to do independent translation of Buddhist texts. Students are taught to be sensitive to the cultural and linguistic contexts from which the texts emerged, as well as the cultural contexts of the languages into which the texts are being translated.
The Chinese Studies Program offers the Bachelor degree in Chinese Studies. The program provides a firm grounding in Chinese language, literature, and also Chinese historical, philosophical, cultural, and religious traditions.
The University is open to regular degree program students, on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and also to special part-time non-degree students. The academic year consists of a fall and spring semester. There is also an academic summer session, and an intensive winter session of Buddhist practice. Both sessions may be taken for university credit.
For further information about the University you may contact:
Dharma Realm Buddhist University
P.O. Box 217
Talmage, CA 95481-0217
email: Admissions DRBU