March 4-29, 2013
Many students of Tibetan traditions study and practice using translated texts. As people learn to read the texts in Tibetan, a fuller world of meaning opens to them when they discover the nuances that only the original language can convey. After completing this course, a student will be able to read simple Classical Tibetan texts. The class atmosphere is informal, relaxed and often downright fun. The only requirement is a good command of English as the medium of instruction. This course has been particularly successful with students who have previously tried to learn the language and given up in frustration.
The only required materials are a pen and notebook. There are reference texts and dictionaries in the Deer Park Institute Library available on loan. A favorite reference is Stephen Hodge's "An Introduction to Classical Tibetan".
The course will meet Mon-Fri in the morning 9:00-10:00 and 10:30-11:30. Students will meet with the teaching assistants in the afternoon to practice the material presented in the morning class.
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.