Universities which provide good education on dharma topics

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Universities which provide good education on dharma topics

Postby Sherlock » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:08 am

I'm going to apply for university over the next few months. Ideally, I would like to study linguistics or philosophy at a school with options for study of Dharma-specific topics and languages. E.g. Indian and Central Asian history, Sanskrit, Pali, Avestan, Tibetan.

For the UK, I'm applying for Sanskrit at Oxford, the chances are probably quite slim but I just want to try -- some of my other options for the UK include Linguistics with Tibetan at SOAS and Philosophy at St Andrews (which unfortunately doesn't seem to have many options for languages).

There was an old thread about Harvard being strong at Sanskrit and Virginia being good at Tibetan in the US. I just retook my SAT Reasoning Test Today (I got 2190 the first time I took it around 2 years ago before I entered compulsory military service) and hope I can get a better score (ideally 2300+) so I can try applying for Harvard, although like Oxford, the chances are quite slim. I think I have a good chance of getting into the University of Michigan though, which seems to have the most options for study of different languages according to .

Would anyone have any advice or recommendations?

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Postby Finnjames » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:46 am

If you are in the US, you might want to look into the University of California at Santa Barbara. They have an excellent Linguistics Department and also a very strong Buddhist Studies program.

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Postby Indrajala » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:38 pm

http://www.shedra.org/

In Kathmandu. It is in English. You can learn Sanskrit and Tibetan, and many other subjects related to Dharma.

Not too expensive. About US$6000/year for BA program as I recall. Living costs in Kathmandu are dirt cheap.
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Postby Yudron » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:44 pm

I really like to hear what you guys are doing to benefit the Dharma and sentient beings through translating the Dharma--especially when there are pictures involved! I also appreciate you being will to be non-anonymous, thereby taking responsibility for what you write here.

Makes me want to move to Asia. But, that is not what my lamas want from me, and I am used to the comforts of American life... at least for the time being.
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Postby Namgyal » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:58 pm

In the UK Edinburgh is also good for Sanskrit, and Cambridge for Central Asia. Unfortunately Huseng is quite correct, in the West you will constantly feel a pair of shears clipping at your tail, and if you are unlucky your entire department will get sliced away while you are in the middle of it (happened to me twice). Since there are no longer viable careers in these subjects you need to carefully consider your personal motivation for studying these subjects in the first place. If it because you love the subjects themselves then you should plan to put yourself in a position where you will be most happy in the future, along the lines that Huseng has suggested.
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Postby Sara H » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:22 am

Reading this makes me a bit sad, but I know it will also change.
There are some of us working hard to bring Buddhism a home in the west.

These seeds take time to flower and grow.

The lotus stem has to travel through a lot of mud and water before it flowers on the surface.

I know it may not be fully grown in our lifetime, but it is satisfying work nonetheless.

I've already seen the west changing because of it.
It's interesting that the military teaches "Mindfulness training"
Hehehe, good for them, for practicing bringing their minds back to the present moment.
Business's are teaching that too as a business enhancement technique.
Hehehe, you know greed, can sometimes be useful... lol

Some of the seeds planted may not take, but like a good forrest, with time and practice, I think the Dharma will grow nicely here.

Eventually we'll have nice strong tree's. Err, Lotuses.. : )

One thing's for sure, the ground is certainly fertile for it. *smiles warmly*

In Gassho,

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IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
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We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer

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Postby Tom » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:40 pm

The other perspective is that if you are a talented scholar and get accepted into one of the very top schools and you do extremely well, then you will get an education, grants and opportunities that can't be matched by attending translation schools in Nepal and India. In any case field work in India, Tibet and Nepal will usually be incorporated so as to develop your colloquial skills.

There are still opportunities in academia and the other opportunities in Asia discussed would still very much be open for someone going down the academic route.

My point is that if you get accepted into Oxford or Harvard then you should go for it. If not, then Nepal and India are not bad plan Bs.

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Postby Nikolay » Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:31 pm

Thought this would be an appropriate thread to ask this question.

I am considering the Rangjung Yeshe Institute's BA program, but I am still having a lot of second thoughts. Apart from the obvious ones (quality of living in Kathmandu, etc) there is one main concern: even assuming that I successfully finish the 3 year course, what will I do next? Suppose I'll have good language skills in Tibetan ( and maybe even Sanskrit), and a good understanding of Buddhist Philosophy. Will I be able to find a way to support myself, and, eventually, my family? Will it be possible to continue my studies and get MA and Ph.D degrees, preferably in a different (for example, East Asian) country? My ultimate dream is to write a Ph.D thesis on Tibetan and Japanese Vajrayana, but this is probably unrealistic.

I would be very grateful for any advice.
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