The new Khyentse-Rangjung Yeshe Institute Scholarship was announced on December 7, 2007, at a gathering of more than four hundred people at Kathmandu’s Hyatt Regency to celebrate the first decade of the Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI). The Khyentse-Rangjung Yeshe Institute Scholarship will expand opportunities for students at RYI, one of the premiere Buddhist study programs in Asia. The December event was part of the 5th Annual Symposium on Buddhist Studies. Presentations were made by Dzongsar Khyenste Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Dr. William Waldron, Dr. Janice Willis, Dr. John Makransky, and Dr. John Dunne.
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and a group of his close students formalized the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in 1997 as a year-round study program for foreign students at Rinpoche’s Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since then, several hundred students from more than forty nations have participated in the Institute’s long-term programs in Buddhist Studies, which focus on classical Buddhist philosophy as transmitted by the Tibetan tradition, along with Buddhist languages such as Tibetan and Sanskrit.
Most of these students are able to pay for their own tuition and living expenses on their own. However others, often from Nepal, India, and Tibet, find it difficult to raise money for these expenses. RYI has addressed this issue by keeping tuition to a minimum and offering nominal financial assistance. The Khyentse-Rangjung Yeshe Institute Scholarship enables RYI to offer increased support to needy and worthy students. To be eligible for the scholarships, students will be required to show real financial need, have a solid academic record for at least one semester of prior studies at RYI, and maintain that same level of successful academic performance. In addition, students will be asked to do some kind of service, either at RYI or the larger community. This service will be arranged so that it does not interfere with the students’ academic pursuits.