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Fall 2023 Course Schedule

DF Fall Semester 2023 10 weeks: September 18, 2023- December 8, 2023

first four weeks: September 18, 2023-October13, 2023

one week off: October 16, 2023-October 20, 2023

second four weeks: October 23, 2023-November 17, 2023

one week off: November 20, 2023-November 24, 2023

final two weeks: November 27, 2023-December 8, 2023

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*Some scholarship aid is available but it is limited to the amount of donations received. 

Jamgön Kongtrül’s Treasury of Knowledge: the Two Truths I

Jules Levinson, Ph.D.

Cost: $400

8 classes on Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 PDT Starting: October 4, 2023:
October 4; October 11; October 25; November 1; November 8; November 15; November 29; December 6.

Course continues in Spring Semester: Jamgon Kongtrul’s Treasury of Knowledge: the Two Truths II

Jules Levinson will discuss the section on the two truths from a classic of the Tibetan nonsectarian (ris med) movement, Treasury of Knowledge (shes bya mdzod), by Jamgön Kongtrül (kong sprul blo gros mtha' yas. 1813–1899). Jules Levinson studied Jamgön Kongtrül’s Treasury of Knowledge under the guidance of Khen Rinpoché Tsültrim Gyatso (mkhan rin po che tshul khrims rgya mtsho). While much has been published on Ge-luk scholars’ views on the two truths in Great Vehicle tenets, Kagyu scholarship has received less attention. We are fortunate to have Jules share what he has learned about the puzzles that are the philosophy of liberation through the many years he has spent studying with, and translating for, Kagyu scholars.

 

Jamgon Kongtrül with Jules - Click here for details

 


 

Translating Classical Tibetan I

Craig Preston, J.D.

Cost: $750

M/Th 9:00-10:30 PDT

Prerequisite: Familiarity with the U-chen alphabet and pronunciation of syllables. Any prior study of Tibetan or Sanskrit will be helpful but not necessary.

Continues in Spring Semester: Translating Classical Tibetan II

Translating Classical Tibetan I is the first of two classes on translating the Classical Tibetan found in the Tibetan translations of Indian treatises translated from Sanskrit, and in the Tibetan philosophical works on those treatises. It covers the same material found in the summer intensive course at a more relaxed three-hours-a-week pace. We start with introduction to words and particles; relationships between adjoining syllables; types of words in context; the progression from phrases to clauses to sentences; then some of the many types of noun phrases. After this comes a more detailed look at verb forms and verb syntax. Care is taken with anticipating syntax frequently seen with similar verbs. Next, the focus is on declension in eight cases, plus identity and temporal qualifiers. Throughout, we will consider adverbs and postpositions; the varied meanings indicated by Classical Tibetan’s rich collection of lexical particles; and how syntactic particles also signify relational meanings.

 


 

Companion to Jamgön Kongtrül’s Treasury of Knowledge: the Two Truths

Craig Preston, J.D.

Cost: $750

M/Th 11:30-1:00pm PDT

This Tibetan language course is a companion to Jules Levinson’s course on the section on the two truths from Jamgön Kongtrül’s Treasury of Knowledge (shes bya mdzod). We will focus on understanding how the grammar of the Tibetan works. In addition, we will look at how this genre of Tibetan philosophical writing uses the authority of the Tengyur – the treatises translated from Sanskrit – to support philosophically partisan interpretation.
 

Beginning readings in Classical Tibetan: Summary of the General Path

Craig Preston, J.D.

Cost: $750

Tues/Fri 11:30-1:00pm PDT

Course Materials:

  • Preston, C. (2005) How to Read Classical Tibetan, I: Summary of the General Path, Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications.

This reading course looks at a three-page section at the end of Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path. The course is intended for someone in the early stages of studying Tibetan who, as a reviewer of HTRCT on Amazon puts it, “wants to read some real Classical Tibetan with a good amount of hand-holding.” The text will be analyzed grammatically from the word to the sentence level.

Collected Topics: Objects and Object Possessors

Craig Preston, J.D.

Cost: $750

Tues/Fri 9:00-10:30 PDT

Requirements: prior study of Collected Topics and permission of the instructor

Continuation of Collected Topics Spring 2023: Isolates

Following class Spring 2024: Collected Topics: Minds and Awareness

This class on Tibetan debate continues our study Collected Topics with the Explanation of the Presentation of Objects and Object Possessors from The Presentation of the Collected Topics Revealing the Meaning of the Treatises on Prime Cognition: Magical Key to the Path of Reasoning, by Pur-bu-jog Jam-pa-gya-tsho (phur bu lcog byams pa rgya mtsho, 1825-1901).

Uncollected Topics

Scheduling to be revealed soon.

Cost: These talks are free. Donations are welcomed to keep the Dharma Farm offering classes.

 

Uncollected Topics is a series of talks on topics useful to the Dharma Farm community. Topics for the Fall 2023 include:

(1) Introduction to the art of Tibetan calligraphy

(2) Using Tibetan input software with your computer

(3) The enduring legacy of Turrell Wylie (8/20/1927-8/25/1984) and THL Extended Wylie Transliteration Scheme

 

Next is a series of talks about the Tibetan Buddhist Canons: the bka’ ’gyur which is the translations of Buddha’s pronouncements, and the bstan ’gyur which is the translation of the commentaries on Buddha’s words.

(4) Using the AIBS Buddhist Canons Research Database to search the text of the Kangyur using Wylie Transliteration

(5) Using the AIBS Buddhist Canons Research Database to search the text of the Tengyur using Wylie Transliteration

 

Next are talks on accessing the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC).

(6) Using the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) to download pdf files of the multiple Kangyur, Tengyur, and works of Tibetan authors

(7) Using the UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies Tibetan-Sanskrit-English Bibliography with  BDRC Digital Reprint References

(8) TBA

(9) TBA

(10) TBA

2023 Summer Beginning Classical Tibetan Intensive

Sixty-four hours over eight weeks

 

Classes: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00am-11:00am PDT

 

First four weeks: Monday June 5-Friday June 30

 

One week mid-course break July 3-July 6

 

Final four weeks: Monday July 10-Friday August 4

 


 

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2023

Second Year Classical Tibetan
Craig Preston
Texts: 

  • Jay-dzun-ba (1469 -1542)
    Presentation of Tenets: Proponents of Naturelessness

This is a continuation of Second Year Classical Tibetan that began in September 2022.

We return to the text at the beginning of the discussion of the Middle Way Schools.

Monday, Wednesday from 9:30 to 11am PST

The Grounds and Paths According to the Consequence School
Craig Preston
Texts: 

  • blo bzang rta mgrin (1867-1937)
    Brief Expression of the Presentation of the Grounds and Paths of the
    Three Vehicle According to the System of the Great Vehicle of the Perfections Essence
    of the Ocean of Profound Meaning

This is a continuation of a class that began in September 2022. 
We return to the text at the beginning of The Grounds of Bodhisattva Superiors.

 

Friday, 9:30 to 11am PST

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Select Fridays at noon

 

Sravasti Translation Committee
Bill Magee and Paul Hackett

Texts: 

  • Maitreya, Ornament for the Great Vehicle Sutras (mdo sde rgyan, mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra)

 

2022

Intermediate Classical Tibetan 
Craig Preston and Jess Perry
Texts: 

  • Joe Wilson, Translating Buddhism From Tibetan

  • Paul Hackett, Learning Classical Tibetan

Classical Tibetan
Craig Preston
Texts: 

  • Pur-bu-jok, Introductory Path of Reasoning From Collected Topics on Valid Cognition

  • Magical Key to the Path of Reasoning (tshad ma’i gzhung don ‘byed pa’i bsdus grwa’i rnam bzhag rigs lam ‘phrul gyi lde mig). Evidence.

Grammar Nerd's Reading Group 

Shahar Tene

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Bertram Liyanage

The Nyāyābindu of Dharmakīrti

 

Sravasti Translation Committee
Bill Magee and Paul Hackett

Texts: 

  • Maitreya, Ornament for the Great Vehicle Sutras (mdo sde rgyan, mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra)

Advanced Reading

Craig Preston

Texts: 

  • Jam-yang-shay-pa’ Decisive Analysis of Chandrakīrti’s Supplement

Uncollected Topics: Ngag-dbang-bkra-shis’s Collected Topics

Craig Preston

Advanced topics in Tibetan Grammar

Craig Preston

Advanced Reading

Shahar Tene

2021

Introduction to Classical Tibetan
Jess Perry, Mikhael Landrieux, Shahar Tene, Andrew Hughes

Intermediate Classical Tibetan
Bill Magee

Texts: 

  • Joe Wilson, Translating Buddhism From Tibetan

  • Paul Hackett, Learning Classical Tibetan

  • Pur-bu-jok, Introductory Path of Reasoning From Collected Topics on Valid Cognition

  • Magical Key to the Path of Reasoning (tshad ma’i gzhung don ‘byed pa’i bsdus grwa’i rnam bzhag rigs lam ‘phrul gyi lde mig). Evidence.

 

Intermediate Classical Tibetan II
Craig Preston and Jess Perry

  • Tenets of Buddhist Schools in India

 

Intermediate Classical Tibetan III
Craig Preston and Jess Perry

  •   Tutor’s Collected Topics

 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Bill Magee

  • Tsong-kha-pa, The Essence of Eloquence (legs bshad snying po), Part II

 

Spoken Tibetan for Translators
Shahar Tene

 

Introduction to Sanskrit
Paul Hackett

 

Uncollected Topics
Craig Preston

 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Bill Magee

  • Tsong-kha-pa, The Essence of Eloquence (legs bshad snying po), part III

 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series
Bertram Liyanage

  • "Madhyamaka Philosophy from Nāgārjuna to Candrakirti"

 

Grammar Nerds’ Reading Group
Shahar Tene

 

Classical Tibetan
Bill Magee
Texts:

  • Shantideva, Engaging in the Deeds of Bodhisattvas (dbu ma la ‘jug pa, bodhisattvacaryāvātara) Chapter One

 

Sravasti Translation Committee
Bill Magee and Paul Hackett

Texts:

  • Ngawang Dragpa, “The Definitive Door to Practice Derived from [Tsong-kha-pa’s] Stages of the Path to Awakening: Distillation of All Eloquence (nyams len gyi rnam par nges pa legs gsungs kun gyi nying khu)

 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Bill Magee

  • "Tsong-kha-pa, The Essence of Eloquence (legs bshad snying po), Part IV"

 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series
Bertram Liyanage

  • "Studies in Buddhist Logic and Scholarly Controversies in Buddhist Philosophy"

 

Sravasti Translation Committee
Bill Magee and Paul Hackett

Texts:

  • Maitreya, Ornament for the Great Vehicle Sutras (mdo sde rgyan, mahāyānasūtrālakāra)

 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Bill Magee

  • "Tsong-kha-pa, The Essence of Eloquence (legs bshad snying po), Part V"

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2020

Intermediate Classical Tibetan, Section I
Craig Preston and Jess Perry
Texts: 

  • Joe Wilson, Translating Buddhism From Tibetan

  • Paul Hackett, Learning Classical Tibetan

  • Aku-lo-dro, Mirror Clarifying the Important Points of the Placement of Letters (yi ge thob thang nyer mkho rab sel me long)

Intermediate Classical Tibetan, Section II
Craig Preston and Jess Perry
Texts: 

  • Joe Wilson, Translating Buddhism From Tibetan

  • Paul Hackett, Learning Classical Tibetan

Sravasti Translation Committee
Bill Magee and Paul Hackett

Texts: 

  • Ngawang Dragpa, “The Definitive Door to Practice Derived from [Tsong-kha-pa’s] Stages of the Path to Awakening: Distillation of All Eloquence (nyams len gyi rnam par nges pa legs gsungs kun gyi nying khu)

Tibetan Grammar Review
Jess Perry

Texts: 

  • Joe Wilson, Translating Buddhism From Tibetan 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Bertram Liyanage

  • A History of Buddhist Philosophical Trends in India

 

Dharma Farm Lecture Series

Bill Magee

  • Tsong-kha-pa, The Essence of Eloquence (legs bshad snying po), Part I

Spoken Tibetan for Translators

Shahar Tene

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