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Dharma Realm Buddhist University reopens campus for in-person classes with largest cohort to date

Aug 11, 2021

Enhanced health and safety measures will ensure the well-being of students, faculty, and those living in the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
 
Ukiah, CA (August 10, 2021) – Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU), the Northern California university and community dedicated to liberal education in the broad Buddhist tradition, will reopen its campus for in-person classes this month. As Buddhist education continues to grow in the United States, DRBU will welcome 26 new students for its three programs—Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Master of Arts in Buddhist Classics, and the newly launched Graduate Certificate Program in Buddhist Translation—at Convocation on Friday, August 13, 2021. DRBU’s largest student body to date is also its most diverse, including 6 Buddhist monks and nuns and 13 international students. 
 
“The strength of the community at DRBU is derived from the level of care integrated into everything we do,” says President Susan Rounds. “The new COVID safety protocols will protect the short-term and long-term health of those on campus, while enabling students to experience the spiritual environment and community that DRBU is known for.”  
 
DRBU will implement enhanced health and safety measures to ensure the well-being of students, faculty, and those living in the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. DRBU requires vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff, while continuing to enforce masking and social distancing throughout the campus public spaces, classrooms, and facilities, responsive to the changing local pandemic conditions and public health mandates. Through a partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), DRBU will also offer regular on-campus rapid antigen testing.
 
“We look to the next academic year with hope as DRBU grows, with nearly all of its new students having overcome obstacles in order to attend,” says Wayne Chen, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. “DRBU attracts students who ask deep human questions. It brings me tremendous joy to welcome them to campus to continue their personal, educational, and spiritual journeys at DRBU.”

Newly enrolled students with a range of backgrounds—including a practicing psychiatrist and a performance artist—are drawn to DRBU’s curriculum, which is rooted in Buddhist tradition of knowledge in the arts and sciences, self-cultivation, and the pursuit of wisdom. Rather than lectures, DRBU classes are discussion based and intimate, giving students the opportunity to reflect on the foundations of the human experience and explore implications for both themselves and the wider world. This also marks the first semester for DRBU’s largest MA cohort to date, with 16 students from the US, Canada, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, and China set to begin classes at North America’s largest Buddhist monastery on Monday, August 16, 2021. 
 
About Dharma Realm Buddhist University
Dharma Realm Buddhist University is a small private university and 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. The University offers two degree programs centered around reading and discussion of classical primary texts at its Ukiah, California campus: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Master of Arts in Buddhist Classics. Dharma Realm Buddhist University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). For more information, please visit www.drbu.edu.