M.A. Buddhism and Himalayan Studies - Lumbini Buddhist University

Lumbini Buddhist University

Humanities and Social Sciences

2 year(s)

M.A. Buddhism and Himalayan Studies  


Eligibility for Admission
BA or equivalent in any field of study. Accepted students without any background in Buddhism and Himalayan Studies will be placed in a six week extensive prerequisite and Preparatory course.

Curricular structure

Master of Arts in Buddhism and Himalayan Studies
First Year
  1. Paper 1 : History and Development of Buddhism in India and Nepal
  2. Paper 2 : Development and Practice of Buddhism in Tibet
  3. Paper 3 : Expansion of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayan Region
  4. Paper 4 : Scripts and Languages - Tibetan, Pali and Sanskrit
  5. Paper 5 : Readings and Seminar in Discourse Hermeneutics and Research Methodology
Second Year
Paper 6 : Buddhist Heritage of the Himalayan region and the Kathmandu Valley
  1. Himalayan Region of India
  2. Himalayan Region of Nepal
  • Langtang and Rasuwa Valleys
  • Upper Arun and Upper Tamor Valleys
  • Eastern Himalaya
  • Kathmandu Valley and Neighboring Areas
Tibetan Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre including the sBas-Yul bDun (Seven Hidden Lands) and pilgrimage and Meditation sites related to Padmasambabva and Milarepa, and Tibetan Buddhist Geography of Nepal Himalaya.
Paper 7
Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism: Origin, Development and Present Practices.
Paper 8
Buddhist Philosophy, Tenets, Major Literary Texts (mainly Sanskrit and Tibetan), and Preliminary Reading of selected Texts of Pali and Sanskrit
Buddhist Monasticism
Paper 9
Individualized or Directed Reading (specialized study) and Thesis Writing
Return Journey of Buddhism from Tibet to Nepal and India, and Present State of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet
Paper 10
Buddhist Communities of the High Himalayan Region of Nepal or Socio-Political History of the Himalayan Region
Himalayan Settlement Pattern, Environment, Geography and Ecology
A Detailed Study of the Kagyud-pa School of Tibetan Buddhism or Buddhist history and archaeological findings in the Nepal Tarai and the bordering areas of India