March 4-29, 2013

"Encountering the Praises to Tara"

Prof. Kurt Schwalbe

The Twenty-One Praises to Tara are much beloved in the Tibetan speaking world and widely appreciated in translation.   For those who have read only the translations, it is a powerful experience  to read the "Praises" in Tibetan, engaging with the tightly coiled muscularity of these poems.  Students should have completed an introductory course in Classical Tibetan (or equivalent) to participate.  Bring along your favorite translations to contribute to the discussion. We'll ask, "What do we like about that translation?" and "How can we improve that other one?"  This group will meet Mon-Fri 2:00-3:30.

Kurt Schwalbe
Kurt Schwalbe holds a Ph.D in History of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. He studied Classical Tibetan and Sanskrit at graduate school and at Serlo Monastery in Solu Khumbu, Nepal. Kurt has taught History of Religions in colleges in Washington and California, USA, and Classical Tibetan at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, Ewam Choden in Kensington, CA, and Sakya Kachod Choling in Friday Harbor, WA. He has been teaching a popular month-long intensive course in Classical Tibetan at Deer Park Institute annually since 2008. Kurt is ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister and practices vipassana meditation, Tibetan sadhana and tai chi chuan.