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

  • Dates: June 17 – July 12 and July 22 – August 14, 2019
  • 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): $2,340 + Fees: $34 (One-time registration and technology fee)
  • Registration Deadline: June 7
  • Scholarship: Tuition assistance is available based on need and timely application, prior to May 20, 2019
  • Ordained sangha are invited to apply to attend Maitripa College at no cost. Please complete the Sangha Scholarship Application and email Namdrol at [email protected] to communicate your interest.

The course will draw from Joe Wilson’s Translating Buddhism from Tibetan, Tibetan philosophic texts and commentaries in the original language, and supplemental materials. By the end of the summer, students will begin translating portions of Je Tsongkhapa’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

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

  • Dates: July 22 – August 14, 2019
  • Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Tuition (1 credit): $390 + Fees: $34 (One-time registration and technology fee)
  • Registration Deadline: July 8
  • Scholarship: Tuition assistance is available based on need and application by May 20.
  • Ordained sangha are invited to apply to attend Maitripa College at no cost. Please complete the Sangha Scholarship Application and email Namdrol at [email protected] to communicate your interest.

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 Tsongkhapa’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.

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Online Access: If you are an ordained monastic and would like to explore the feasibility of participating in either of these courses via online broadcast, please request the 1-page application, due April 30. This possibility is intended 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. Ordained monastics who wish to view the broadcast version of the class will not participate in the live class in any way and Maitripa College is unable to take responsibility for these students meeting learning objectives of the class. Please watch for the application coming soon for this option.