2021 CLASSES

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

Academic Calendar 

Dharma Farm Class Details

 
 

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

Bertram Liyanage

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

Shahar Tene

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.


TRANSLATION COMMITTEE

Bill Magee and Paul Hackett

Mondays and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 pm Pacific Time

UNCOLLECTED TOPICS

CURRENT CLASSES

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

 

COURSE DETAILS

All classes at the Dharma Farm are free.

Dharma Farm courses are held at the Moodle School and meet synchronously via Zoom.


Sessions are nine weeks of classes with a one-week break (10 weeks total).


Donations are welcome.

 

  • Applications accepted until February 1 2021
    All classes are held online.
    Applications accepted until February 1 2021
    All classes are held online.
    Session II: April 5 - June 11.
 

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