Instructor: Craig Preston is an internationally known teacher of Classical Tibetan and author of three books. Educated at the University of Virginia under the renowned scholar Jeffery Hopkins, Preston has taught Classical Tibetan for twenty years. He taught Classical Tibetan and Buddhist Philosophy at the University at Buffalo and is currently working on the UMA Five-Year Translation Project under a grant from the Ing Foundation.

Books by Craig Preston:

Buddhist Philosophy: Losang Gonchok's Short Commentary to Jamyang Shayba's Root Text on Tenets, With Daniel Cozort  (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications).

How to Read
Classical Tibetan:
Volume One:
A Summary of
the General Path

(Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications).

How to Read Classical Tibetan, Volume Two:
Buddhist Tenets

(Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications).


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2011 Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive Class at Maitripa College


Maitripa College Classical Tibetan students participate in the “Opening of the Kangyur” – a reading from each of the Buddhist sutras in the corpus of teachings called the “Kangyur”. Maitripa Monlam (Great Prayer Festival) 2011

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Past Students in the Classical Tibetan Language Summer Intensive have said:

Craig is a dedicated and wonderful teacher. – Karl Nhambu Berg, MA in Buddhist Studies, Maitripa College

Craig Preston greatly advanced my skills and is an excellent  teacher. I sincerely recommend the course to anyone who wishes to learn to read Tibetan Buddhist texts. For those from out of town, I can moreover recommend Portland as a great city to spend the summer. – Jens, PhD student from Norway

I had never studied Tibetan [but] after eight weeks I was able to read in Tibetan, use Wylie, understand more Buddhist philosophy, and even do some debate in Tibetan. I was amazed and delighted. Now when I go to a teaching I can pick out some of what the lama is saying, which is so much fun. I can't think of a better way I could have started learning the language. – Rachel Bird, continuing education student



CLASSICAL TIBETAN SUMMER INTENSIVE
with CRAIG PRESTON AT MAITRIPA COLLEGE

Dates (also see "Course Options" below for details):
June 18, 2012 - August 17, 2012
16 contact hours per week

Class Schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 am – 12 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


COURSE REGISTRATION OPTIONS are designed for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Please see the descriptions below. Courses may be taken consecutively or stand alone. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your prior experience, placement options, or academic credit needs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2012
Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis. Class size will typically be capped at 15 students. Apply early to guarantee a spot. Late applicants will be considered as space allows or placed on a wait-list.

REVIEW THE COURSE REGISTRATION OPTIONS BELOW
AND APPLY NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE:


Click on the button below to apply now to reserve your space. You will be given the option to make your payment online or by check. Your application is not confirmed until your initial $100 deposit (see below) is received in the Maitripa College office.


Maitripa College's Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive is an opportunity for students of all ages to cover First Year Classical Tibetan in six weeks, and for intermediate and advanced students to review and further their training.

Instruction is based on the approach developed at the University of Virginia by Jeffrey Hopkins, using Joe Wilson’s Translating Buddhism from Tibetan, supplemented with additional materials developed by Craig Preston, author of How To Read Classical Tibetan, Vols. I and II in conjunction with primary sources from the Tibetan scholastic traditions.

This is an excellent foundation for students applying to or entering MA or Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies as well as a rare opportunity for students seeking knowledge of Classical Tibetan for their personal study and practice.


Payment:  A $100 deposit minimum to hold your space is due upon application to the program, and is credited towards tuition balance upon acceptance and registration. You will be informed of your acceptance in the program within one week of final application. After receiving confirmation of acceptance into the summer program, payment may be made in full, or the balance may be payable according to a payment plan arranged with Student Services at studentservices@maitripa.org. All tuition must be paid in full by June 15. You may pay online by credit card or by check or money order.

Refund/drop policy: Before April 15: Deposit and tuition fully refundable; April 15-June 12: Tuition 75% refundable; From June 12 forward: No refunds.

Scholarship: Scholarship applications will be sent to eligible, accepted summer students and are due back to the Maitripa by May 31, 2012. Awards of up to 30% of the tuition cost will be announced June 4, 2012.


COURSE REGISTRATION OPTIONS

TIB103: Introduction to Classical Tibetan Language
(3 credits)

TIB203r: Classical Tibetan Grammar and Academic Translation Methodology
(4 credits)

TIB110: Classical Tibetan Language: Grammar and Translation Methodology
(6 credits)


TIB310r: Topics in Translation: Genre and Methodology
(2 credits)

June 18 – July 7

July 2 – August 3
(no classes July 16-20)


June 18 - August 3

August 6 - August 17
Costs:
For Credit: $942
For Non-Credit: $732

Costs:
For Credit: $1256
For Non-Credit: $976
Costs:
For Credit: $1884
For Non-Credit: $1464
Costs:
For Credit: $628
For Non-Credit: $488
This course is for students who have never studied Classical Tibetan, or who wish a review from the beginning, but can only do a three week program. The course covers first semester Classical Tibetan and starts with the alphabet and pronunciation, then rapidly moves on to words and particles. Next comes learning the patterns within syllables, words, phrases, clauses, and sentences.

Finally you will start to learn the grammar of Classical Tibetan as found in Indian treatises translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan and in indigenous Tibetan philosophical works.

Prerequisite: None, but some familiarization with the Tibetan alphabet would be helpful.

Course materials:
Hacket, Paul G. (2003). A Tibetan Verb Lexicon. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications. Wilson, J. (1992). Translating Buddhism From Tibetan. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

And a course reader provided by Craig Preston and Maitripa College.

Note: This course is the equivalent of Tibetan 101. Students are encouraged to also enroll in TIB203r. TIB103 and TIB203 are the equivalent of first year Tibetan and may be taken together by registering for TIB110, which satisfies the language requirement for the MA degree requirements at Maitripa College.

This course covers the grammar and methodology components of first year Classical Tibetan in a very intensive four weeks. It is designed for students who want a systematic presentation or review of grammar and academic translation methodology. The course is designed to be taken after TIB103 for beginning students, or prior to TIB301r for intermediate students who wish a thorough review.

The first phase of the course covers the grammar of Classical Tibetan as found in Indian treatises translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan and in indigenous Tibetan philosophical works. The second phase of the course introduces academic methodologies for preparing translations of Tibet Buddhist Philosophical works for publication.

We will learn how Classical Tibetan signifies meaning using Appendix Four on Verbs, Appendix Five on Case Particles and Declension, and Appendix Seven on Lexical and Syntactic Particles in Joe Wilson’s Translating Buddhism from Tibetan. Finally, we will read the Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Tsong-kha-pa (1357-1419), supplemented with a short commentary by Dngul Chu Dharma Bhadra (1772-1851).

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the phonemic and lexical dimension of Classical Tibetan (TIB103 or equivalent);  prior experience with reading Classical Tibetan will enable greater facility with the material.

Course materials:
Hacket, Paul G. (2003). A Tibetan Verb Lexicon. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

Wilson, J. (1992). Translating Buddhism From Tibetan. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

And a course reader provided by Craig Preston and Maitripa College.

The Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive is designed to be taken in this six week format, optimizing the intensive model for a complete presentation from the alphabet to the translation of texts.

This course is the equivalent of first year Classical Tibetan language and satisfies the language requirement for the MA degree requirements at Maitripa College. Register for this class to enroll in both TIB103 and TIB203. Please see those course descriptions for details.

Course materials:
Hacket, Paul G. (2003). A Tibetan Verb Lexicon. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

Wilson, J. (1992). Translating Buddhism From Tibetan. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

And a course reader provided by Craig Preston and Maitripa College.

Please note: Maitripa College strongly encourages anyone wishing to commence Tibetan language study in 2012 to enroll in this course. TIB 101 and TIB 102 are not guaranteed to be offered in the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters.

This two week course intermediate/advanced introduces two genres of Tibetan Buddhist scholastic literature: Collected Topics manuals (bsdus grva) and Tenets manuals (grub mtha’). We will be reading selections on the tenets of the Sūtra School.

The first week will introduce the Sūtra School’s tenets through the rudiments of debate. The text we will be looking at is The Magical Key to the Path of Reasoning (rigs lam ‘phrul gyi sde mig) by Pur-bu-jok Jam-ba-gya-tso (phur bu lcog byams ba rgya mtsho, 1825-1901). The Magical key to the Path of Reasoning is used today in Geluk monastic colleges. The class will emphasize oral participation as you learn how bring alive the debate contained in outline form in a Collected Topics manual.

The second week will deepen your understanding of the Sūtra School’s tenets through a tenets manual. The text we will be looking at is Presentation of Tenets (grub mtha’i rnam gzhag) by Jay-dzün Chö-gyi-gyel-tsen (rje btsun chos kyi rgyal mtshan, 1469-1546). The class will emphasize how to carry over the debate techniques you learned in the first week to probe and explore philosophical works on tenets. We will also locate the author’s philosophical allegiances within the larger stage of controversies within Tibetan philosophical thought.

Prerequisites: A minimum of one year of Classical Tibetan or permission of the instructor.

Course materials:
Perdue, D. (1992). Debate in Tibetan Buddhism. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

Preston, C. (2009). How To Read Classical Tibetan, Volume Two: Buddhist Tenets. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications. (contact Maitripa for ordering information).

And a course reader provided by Craig Preston and Maitripa College.

Note: Students with experience reading Tibetan are encouraged to enroll in the sequence of TIB203r and TIB310r to significantly advance their translation ability.

Note: TIB103 and TIB203 are the equivalent of first year Tibetan and may be taken together by registering for TIB110, which satisfies the language requirement for the MA degree requirements at Maitripa College.


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