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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
Martin J. Verhoeven, Dean of Academics, explains one of the core missions of DRBU which is to activate each person's inherent wisdom.
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.
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.