The Dharma Farm is currently accepting applications for a new cohort of students for Introduction to Classical Tibetan beginning in Session II
SESSION I January 11 - March 19
SESSION II April 5 - June 11
SESSION III July 5 - September 10
SESSION IV September 27 - December 10
2021 SESSION I
January 11 - March 19
INTERMEDIATE CLASSICAL TIBETAN
Tenets of Buddhist Schools in India I
Craig Preston and Jessica Perry
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-10 am Pacific Time
This Tibetan language course is the first of two semesters on the tenets (grub mtha’) of the four schools of Buddhist tenets in India. We will be looking at the basic shape of the Buddhist tradition as a whole, its main ideas, essential vocabulary, and its most important distinctions. The text we will read is Presentation of Tenets by Jay-dzün Chö-gyi-gyel-tsen (1469-1542), supplemented with material for Tibetan language students in How to Read Classical Tibetan, Vol II: Buddhist Tenets. The first semester covers the Hearer Schools: Great Exposition School (Vaibhāṣhika) and Sutra School (Sautrāntika).
SCHOLARLY CONTROVERSIES IN INDIAN BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY
Mondays 8-10 am Pacific Time
Is Buddha omniscient?
Does Buddha have a magical body?
Is there a Buddha in every being?
Is Buddha an authority to know the truth?
Who perceives what?
How do we know the external world is ephemeral?
Does Karma determine everything in human life?
How does the dead person transmigrate from here to there?
Is Nirvana existing in reality?
SPOKEN TIBETAN FOR TRANSLATORS
Fridays 8-10 am Pacific Time
An introduction to spoken Tibetan as the living counterpart of the written language. Starting with pronunciation and spelling (out loud), and moving on to the colloquial grammar, the use of honorific language, and regional pronunciations, we will attempt to compare and contrast these to the written language and gain a better understanding of the workings of both.
Long term, by developing a solid foundation through everyday chit-chat, we open the door to having basic Dharma discussions. The course will loosely follow the textbook The Heart of Tibetan Language by Franziska Oertle.
Bill Magee and Paul Hackett
Mondays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 pm Pacific Time
Fall 2020 Session II
October 5 - December 11
A History of Buddhist Philosophical Trends in India with Bertram Liyanage
Hopkins Lecture Series with Bill Magee
Intermediate Classical Tibetan with Craig Preston and Jessica Perry
Spoken Tibetan for Translators with Shahar Tene
Translation Committee with Bill Magee and Paul hackett
- Applications accepted until February 1 2021All classes are held online.