Our Mission

Dharma Realm Buddhist University is a community dedicated to liberal education in the broad Buddhist tradition—a tradition characterized by knowledge in the arts and sciences, self–cultivation, and the pursuit of wisdom. Its pedagogical aim is thus twofold: to convey knowledge and to activate an intrinsic wisdom possessed by all individuals. Developing this inherent capacity requires an orientation toward learning that is dialogical, interactive, probing, and deeply self-reflective. Such education makes one free in the deepest sense and opens the opportunity to pursue the highest goals of human existence.

Our Founder

DRBU was established in 1976 by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, who devoted his life to education in developing the human character. Read more about our founder.


Named “a sacred site” by National Geographic, The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is nestled within 700 acres of orchards, meadows, and woods in Mendocino County, California, just 110 miles north of San Francisco. In addition to being the home of Buddhist monks and nuns, CTTB also houses a K-12 school and an organic farm. The quiet countryside landscape and clean air of the beautiful Ukiah Valley provide an ideal environment for study, wholesome fellowship, and spiritual growth.

Eastern and Western

All students partake of a unified curriculum, reading the original seminal texts of the Eastern and Western traditions. Undergraduates study a broad liberal arts curriculum including Eastern classics, Western classics, writing, music, mathematics and natural sciences.


Dharma Realm Buddhist University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.

WSCUC is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good. More info.