The IBA STUDIES ONLINE website has been created to offer students from all over the world access to the Dharma courses held over the past years at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The courses are all free of cost. In accordance with the ancient tradition of requesting the Dharma from the teacher, we ask students to register on this website to have full access to the courses. 

The International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal was established by Khenchen Appey Rinpoche in 2001 with the objective to:

  • make higher Tibetan Buddhist studies and contemplative practice available to the non-Tibetan community;
  • preserve, publish and translate the literary heritage of the Sakya tradition; and
  • further the training of the new generation of Sakya leaders.

To fulfill its initial aim of giving people from all over the world the opportunity to study the true Dharma, since 2001 IBA has been conducting a yearly three-month program which offers courses selected from the principal texts of the five subjects studied in Tibetan monastic colleges from all traditions: Perfection of Wisdom, Middle Way Philosophy, Phenomenology, Logic and Moral Discipline.

Each year IBA aims to teach one philosophy text and one pith instruction text which supports practice. These two courses are designed to complement each other, providing a balanced approach between understanding the profound meaning of the Buddha’s teachings and applying it in one’s life. A ten-day residential retreat is also given to afford students the opportunity to learn the practice of contemplation and meditation from an experienced master. Over the years, our teachers have included His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, His Eminence Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, Dr. Khenpo Ngawang Jorden, Khenpo Jamyang Tenzin, Khenpo Lungrik Senge, Lama Choedak Rinpoche and Venerable Dhammadipa.

The academy is under the direction of Khenpo Ngawang Jorden, PhD.

For more information on IBA, please visit:


This project is kindly funded by the Khenchen Appey Foundation.

Photo credits: we would like to thank Christina Prieto, Cristina Vanza and Bess Hope for their beautiful contributions.