The Dharma Gate Buddhist College is a religious institution of higher education founded by the Dharma Gate Buddhist Church. Its foundation statement articulates the general principles of the College as follows:
"The Dharma Gate Buddhist College shall propagate the teachings of the universal Buddhist tradition. It shall not represent any particular school but shall provide an opportunity for the study of the Buddhist teachings of all philosophical schools. It shall realize its goals as applicable to the present age, and its specific objective shall be to define a common spiritual background for all Buddhist traditions and help them to work together."
The College has been offering courses on Buddhist teachings since September, 1991. It has not required from students full commitment to Buddhism but does expect an open and respectful approach to the teachings. The teaching staff consists of Dharma teachers of the communities of the Church as well as teachers with qualifications in the fields of philosophy, oriental studies, etc. The College offers a Buddhist Teacher (Theologist) degree. As a supplement to the degree, students acquire a specific programme-based qualification. (which does not constitute a separate degree). Degree holders can work as social workers, religious teachers or martial arts teachers, or may decide to enter the monastic life. Their knowledge and implementation of the Buddhist approach helps them to manage conflicts and develop creativity in any field of life; thus, the qualification is a practical supplement to any profession or job. The principal objective of the College is to inspire their students to represent the Dharma in an authentic way.