International Buddhist College

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International Buddhist College
International Buddhist College logo.jpg
MottoBahunam Vata Atthaya
Motto in English
For the Good of the Many
RectorDr. Charles Willemen
Coordinates: 6°46′58″N 100°23′45″E / 6.782791°N 100.395857°E / 6.782791; 100.395857

International Buddhist College (IBC) (Thai: วิทยาลัยพุทธศาสนานานาชาติ) is an inter-sectarian Buddhist higher education institute in Sadao District, Songkhla Province, Thailand.

Described by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a "rare combination of secular academics and monastic life,"[1] the International Buddhist College currently offers three B.A. programs: Buddhist philosophy, Buddhist historical and cultural studies, and Pali and Sanskrit languages and literature to both laypersons and monastic students from all three of the major traditions of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. At the post-graduate level, it has certificate, M.A., and Ph.D. programs in Buddhist studies and an M.A. in early childhood education. Some programs are available via distance learning[2] At all levels of instruction, classes are offered in both English and Chinese.

The International Buddhist College is a member of a global network of Buddhist Studies programs that includes the University of Hong Kong, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and Stanford University, and is supported in part by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.[3][4]

Notable faculty members[edit]


  1. ^ Overland, Martha Ann (2007)."Peace Amid Violence", The Chronicle of Higher Education, 53(30):A41.
  2. ^ "E-Learning MA in Buddhist Studies Program Open for Application" Archived 2010-09-05 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 21 February 2011.
  3. ^ Birchard, Karen (2006)."Canadian Billionaire Pushes for Network of Buddhism-Studies Programs", The Chronicle of Higher Education, 52(33):A50.
  4. ^ Center for Buddhist Studies - Stanford University, "Statement by the Ho Family Foundation" Archived 2010-06-23 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 21 February 2011.

External links[edit]

  • International Buddhist College
  • Gangodawila, Chandima. "Interpreting the Buddhist Teachings for the West: Methodology @ IBC Thailand". Archived from the original on 2021-12-13. Retrieved 26 January 2019.