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7:00pm Tibetan Language – First Year – Part 1
December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
Dates: Wednesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 30; November 13, 20; December 11; the last 4 class dates beginning in January 2020 to be determined.
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Sakya Monastery Library (108 NW 83rd St., Seattle, WA, entrance on 1st Avenue NW)
Instructor: Eric Dulberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Enrollment: Class size is limited to 8 students.
Prerequisites: Be at least 18 years of age.
Registration Fee (includes 12 classes and handouts for Part 1):
$120 for Sakya Monastery Members
$180 for Non-Members
Part 1. READING TIBETAN: The Tibetan alphabet & the structure of Tibetan syllables.
First, you will learn to pronounce and write the Tibetan alphabet. Then you will learn how to read and write the syllables of Tibetan. Reading is mastered by learning the Tibetan method of spelling syllables. You will also be introduced to some more advanced issues in the construction of Tibetan syllables. [12 classes] Handouts and flashcards will be provided.
Beginning in Winter 2020, First Year students can continue their language studies with Part 2, described below. Registration details forthcoming.
Part 2. OVERVIEW OF GRAMMAR
You will learn the basic grammatical elements and structure of literary Tibetan grammar. You will also learn a variety of basic Dharma terms. By the end of this overview, you will be able to understand how Tibetan is translated. We will translate a commonly recited “Refuge & Bodhicitta” prayer and several other important verses and sentences. [approximately 12 classes: the number of classes will depend on the needs of the students.] Eric Dulberg’s “Overview of Tibetan Grammar” and supplementary materials will be provided.
Eric Dulberg has been a Buddhist since 1975. When he moved to Seattle in the 1990s, he became a member of Sakya Monastery. He began to teach literary Tibetan in 2008. During the past 20 years, he has studied Tibetan with both Tibetan and Western teachers of the Tibetan language. Eric’s professional background includes a BS in physics and an MPH and DrPH in epidemiology.