The 2018 Tibetan Summer Intensive with William (Bill) Magee, PhD ~ Open for Enrollment Now!

The Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive

This unique academic program at Maitripa College offers a rare and thorough foundation for students who wish to train in the Classical Tibetan language. Whether you are new to the Tibetan language or have been studying for several years, this complete presentation from the alphabet to the translation of texts is an excellent foundation for growth and mastery. Students who enroll in the Intensive are preparing for or enrolled in graduate studies where Classical Tibetan language is part of the curriculum, seeking knowledge of Classical Tibetan for personal study and/or religious practice, aspiring or professional translators and linguists, and researching topics related to Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan language.  This is a non-residential, eight-week intensive course in Portland, Oregon. Limited scholarship assistance is available. Please email studentservices@maitripa.org for details on financing this course and suggestions for housing in Portland this summer, or program@maitripa.org for any questions about the course, including application, registration, preparation, materials, prerequisites, transcripts, etc.

TIB110: Classical Tibetan Language: Grammar and Translation Methodology (6 credits)

 

  • Dates: June 11 – July 6 and July 16 – August 10, 2018
    Classes meet for four weeks, one week off, and then for another four weeks.
  • Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Tuition (6 credits): $2250 + Fees: $34 (One-time registration and technology fee per semester)
  • Registration Deadline: June 1
  • Scholarship: Tuition assistance is available based on need (click here) and timely application
  • Ordained sangha are invited to apply to attend Maitripa College at no cost. Please email Namdrol at education@maitripa.org for details.

The course will draw from Joe Wilson’s Translating Buddhism from Tibetan (available here), Tibetan philosophic texts and commentaries in the original language, and supplemental materials. By the end of the summer, students will begin translating portions of Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path and other texts chosen by the instructor. The course covers the grammar and methodology components of Classical Tibetan language training including:

  • Alphabet, pronunciation, and particles
  • Patterns within syllables, words, and phrases
  • Grammar as found in Indian treatises and indigenous Tibetan philosophical works
  • Methodologies for preparing translations of philosophical works

Online Access: If you would like to explore the feasibility of participating in this course online, email us at education@maitripa.org. This possibility is intended primarily for ordained monastics who would otherwise not be able to participate due to religious obligations to their communities or financial obstacles to travel and accommodations in Portland. Anyone with interest in this option may inquire, however, prior to April 30.

Click here to apply for the on-campus, six credit course

TIB118: Introduction to Translating Classical Tibetan Text (1 credit)

  • Dates: July 16 – August 10, 2017
  • Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Tuition (1 credit): $375 + Fees: $34 (One-time registration and technology fee per semester)
  • Scholarship: Tuition assistance is available based on need (click here) and application by June 1.
  • Ordained sangha are invited to apply to attend Maitripa College at no cost. Please email Namdrol at education@maitripa.org for details.

This course is for the student who wishes to gain entry to reading Tibetan Buddhist philosophic works in the original language. Students will begin to learn translation skills by working through an annotated Tibetan Buddhist philosophic text or commentary chosen by the instructor, such as Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Exposition of Special Insight or other texts. At minimum, students should have familiarity with the alphabet, but little or no prior formal study of classical Tibetan grammar is required. The specific course objectives and materials will be determined on the basis of the backgrounds of students registered by June 15.

Online Access: If you would like to explore the feasibility of participating in this course online, email us at education@maitripa.org. This possibility is intended primarily for ordained monastics who would otherwise not be able to participate due to religious obligations to their communities or financial obstacles to travel and accommodations in Portland. Anyone with interest in this option may inquire, however, prior to April 30.

Click here to apply for the on-campus, one credit course

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Instructor: William (Bill) Magee, PhD

Bill Magee taught Introduction to Literary Tibetan at the University of Virginia for thirteen years. From 2003 until 2011 he taught Tibetan religious traditions at Dharma Drum Buddhist College in Taiwan and retired to become Vice President of Jeffrey Hopkins’ UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies.

Bill is co-author with Elizabeth Napper of Fluent Tibetan: A Proficiency-Oriented Learning System for Novice and Intermediate Tibetan. He has published several books about Indian and Tibetan philosophical thought as well as a novel about a fictitious Tibet of the future. Recently, Bill has published three books in a series on Jam-yang-shay-pa’s Great Exposition of the Interpretable and the Definitive. These translations and more about Dr. Magee are available at the website archive maintained by the UMA Institute.

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