The 2017 Tibetan Summer Intensive at Maitripa College

June 12 – August 11, 2017  |  Maitripa College, Portland, OR
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TIB110: Classical Tibetan Language: Grammar and Translation Methodology (6 credits)

Schedule:  June 12 – August 11, 2017

  • Meets: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Classes meet Monday through Friday for four weeks, one week off, and then for another four weeks; No classes Tuesday, July 4th.  No classes July 10-14
  • Tuition (6 credits): $2250 + Fees: $34 (One-time registration and technology fee per semester)
  • Scholarship tuition assistance is available based on need (click here)

The course will draw from Joe Wilson’s Translating Buddhism from Tibetan  (available here), Tibetan philosophic text(s) and commentaries in the original language, and supplemental materials. By the end of the summer, students will begin translation work with excerpts from the Second Dalai lama’s Presentation of Tenets, Mi-pham’s Fundamental Mind 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 in indigenous Tibetan philosophical works
  • Methodologies for preparing translations of philosophical works

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

Schedule: July 17 – August 11, 2017

  • Meets: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 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)

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 commentary of Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Exposition of the Path and other texts chosen by the instructor. At minimum, students should have familiarity with the alphabet, but little or no prior formal study of classical Tibetan grammar is required.

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