Also taught by Mark Seibold, this course is dedicated to reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature from original source texts and commentaries in the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions. For NSI 2023, we will follow Āchārya Lama Tenpa Gyeltsen’s talks on Distinguishing Consciousness and Wisdom (རྣམ་ཤེས་ཡེ་ཤེས་འབྱེད་པ།) by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, and read selected passages from the Karmapa’s root text alongside Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé’s commentary.
This course assumes a general familiarity with Tibetan grammar. The level of difficulty is equivalent to second year Tibetan at the graduate level. Students will be asked to prepare passages to present in class for review and analysis. The foci of the course are (i) developing familiarity with Tibetan grammar, (ii) cultivating reading skills and (iii) gaining facility with using commentaries to unpack a root text. Interesting and important grammatical points will be explained in the context of specific passages. In addition, we will continue our study of Tibetan grammar from an annotated commentarial translation of Kelsang Gyurmé’s The Clear Mirror (རབ་གསལ་མེ་ལོང་།).
Opening and closing chants are done in Tibetan. Students are encouraged to practice reading aloud to learn the rhythms and feel of the phrasing of the language and train in the traditional discipline of jor-lo (sbyor klog) — “reading the connections.
Instructor’s permission is required for new students.