We are happy to announce that we will again offer Tibetan language courses at the Summer Institute 2018!
The Introduction to Tibetan course is oriented toward beginners who have little or no knowledge of Tibetan but would like to gain more familiarity with the language, and how it is translated into English. We will cover the alphabet, pronunciation, and basic reading skills. We will then select a few of the songs of Milarepa such as The Song of Mahamudra, learn how to chant them in Tibetan, and at the same time investigate their meaning in both Tibetan and in English. By looking into the Tibetan behind the English, we expect to gain a richer understanding of the songs composed by one of Tibet’s great masters.
Instructor: Gerry Wiener
Gerry has studied Tibetan under a wide variety of teachers and has collaborated on a variety of translations such as The Life of Marpa the Translator by Tsangnyon Heruka, The Excellent Path to Enlightenment by Longchen Rabjam, The Ketaka Jewel by Ju Mipham Rinpoche, and others. He participated in the development of the Sambhota Tibetan fonts and the Nitartha Digital Library. Gerry is a member of the Nitartha Translation Network and the Nalanda Translation Committee.
The Tibetan Reading Course is for students who know the Tibetan alphabet and have a basic grasp of Tibetan grammar. You will read sections from various texts within the Nyingma tradition, such as Lama Mipham’s Lamp of Certainty (nges shes ‘gron me) or the Testament of Padma (padma bka’ thang) and from Bötrül’s Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies and Ornament of Mañjughoṣa’s Viewpoint, the texts used for Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s main lectures at the Institute. Interesting and important grammatical points will be explained in the context of specific passages.
Instructor: Mark Seibold
Mark Seibold joined the Nitartha faculty in 2005. A member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, he is working on a translation of Mikyö Dorje’s Chariot of the Dakpo Kagyü Siddhas, an extensive commentary on Madhyamaka. He also serves as co-coordinator of the New Haven Shambhala Meditation Group.