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"Students' experiences at DRBU change them in a positive direction. When they graduate, they will have the kind of inner strength that will set them on a course that will lead them to be happy, fulfilled, and useful in the world."
– Dr. Susan Rounds, President


DRBU offers a classical, broad-based Liberal Arts degree with an integrated curriculum based on classical Eastern and Western texts.  Students delve directly into these texts in small seminar classes, which emphasize a spirit of shared inquiry and mutual exploration.   Intertwined with strands of classical languages (Chinese or Sanskrit), mathematical theory, natural sciences, and musical appreciation, the curriculum is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills, ethical awareness, and the development of multiple perspectives on the human condition.  This four-year program offers a close-knit community and focused campus environment ideal for study in the beautiful Ukiah Valley of Mendocino County. 

Whether you are applying to DRBU as an undergraduate out of high school, as a transfer student, a homeschooled student, or a non-traditional student, we are sure you have many questions regarding the integrated curriculum, the faculty, campus life, the application process, and financial aid.

Now Accepting B.A. Applications - Fall 2024


The graduate program in Buddhist Classics provides an understanding and appreciation of Buddhism through close reading and careful analysis of its primary sources: sutras/suttas, abhidharma and sastras, and sila texts.  The DRBU faculty includes ordained Buddhist monastics and long time lay practitioners that understand Buddhism from an experiential perspective as well as an academic one.  This yields a unique community of scholar/practitioners devoted to the cultivation of inherent wisdom and offering a most unique and unparalled opportunity to study classical Buddhist texts in the Mahayana and Theravada traditions along with a classical language (Chinese or Sanskrit).
You may have questions regarding the curriculum, the faculty, the application process, campus life, the translation institute, and financial aid.

Now Accepting M.A. Applications - Fall 2024


Retreats and short-term programs

Drop-in classes and week-long retreats are a great way to learn more about Buddhism, meditation, and DRBU. Classes are suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners. Drop-in classes are open, free to the public, and no registration is required. Many of the classes are also streamed online. We also host several retreats every year. View our upcoming meditation and recitation retreats.