Program Update:

Due to the changes in Department of State Travel Advisory Levels, Buddhist Studies Program in India will relocate to the beautiful Wat Tom Doi Toan in Thailand for Fall 2021. More information to follow. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rob Quanbeck at

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Explore Buddhism traditions through interdisciplinary courses and Buddhist meditation traditions in Thailand. Bangkok, Chiangmai, and Wat Tom Doi Toan stand ready to host the Fall 2021 program.

Due to travel restrictions and the recent dramatic upsurge of COVID-19 cases in India, Carleton’s Fall 2021 program will start in Bangkok, Thailand. Carleton has prepared alternative plans to ensure that the program offers meditation practice and the study of philosophy, anthropology and history of Buddhism in a safe and authentic environment.

Study and meditate while living in a monastery near the site of Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment. Explore Buddhism in India through interdisciplinary courses and Buddhist meditation traditions — plus a unique opportunity to conduct rigorous independent research in the field.