Courses

SLAN 301: Sanskrit V

These courses focus on furthering the ability to read classical Sanskrit texts with an emphasis on Buddhist literature. In reading from a spectrum of literary genres such as that found in poetry, dramatic literature, epics, and philosophical discourse, students gain familiarity with the variety of style and grammar used in written Sanskrit.Through in-depth analysis of the grammatical systems employed in this literature, the courses increasingly consolidate the understanding of Sanskrit grammar gained in Sanskrit I and II.

SLAN 302: Sanskrit VI

These courses focus on furthering the ability to read classical Sanskrit texts with an emphasis on Buddhist literature. In reading from a spectrum of literary genres such as that found in poetry, dramatic literature, epics, and philosophical discourse, students gain familiarity with the variety of style and grammar used in written Sanskrit.Through in-depth analysis of the grammatical systems employed in this literature, the courses increasingly consolidate the understanding of Sanskrit grammar gained in Sanskrit I and II.

TLAN 101: Classical Tibetan I

This class develops students’ ability to read the Tibetan script and precisely analyze and understand Tibetan grammar. The course covers the principal topics of classical Tibetan grammar using handbook material as well as text passages from classical Tibetan Buddhist literature. Study of grammatical explanations from both Tibetan and Western traditions constitute the foundation for discussions in class where active student participation is of primary importance.

TLAN 102: Classical Tibetan II

This course focuses on applying the principles of Tibetan grammar learned in Classical Tibetan I and on building vocabulary and reading skills in the context of studying excerpts from original Tibetan texts. Students are introduced to text examples from a variety of Tibetan literary genres and time periods. Students are expected to contribute actively to the class by means of presentations and discussions of homework assignments.

TLAN 201: Classical Tibetan III

This course focuses on the terminology of classical Buddhist philosophy as found in the literary genres of Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, and Yogācāra thought. Students further develop knowledge of grammar within scholastic literature and increase their ability to read texts from a variety of genres and time periods. In translating original text material from Tibetan to English, the methodology and principles of translating Buddhist texts begin to be discussed and analyzed.

TLAN 202: Classical Tibetan IV

This course builds upon the foundation of the technical terminology of the subject matter begun in Classical Tibetan III, and continues with readings from a variety of genres of Buddhist philosophy. Discussion of the methodology and principles of translating Buddhist texts continues to build on previous discussions.

TLAN 301: Classical Tibetan Translation Project I

This course aims to develop the ability to translate classical literary Tibetan into modern languages, primarily English. In weekly meetings selected readings on translation method and theory are introduced and discussed in relation to the field in general and to the area of Buddhist Studies in particular. Through translating a previously untranslated manuscript, issues of translation method and policy are introduced.

TLAN 302: Classical Tibetan Translation Project II

Building on the translation abilities acquired during Translation Project I, students work with text material in various genres and from different historical periods. Although the emphasis shifts towards practical translation training, issues of translation method and theory continue to be studied as a significant part of the course.

TLAN 401: Advanced Classical Tibetan Seminar I

This seminar emphasizes reading more difficult material from a wide variety of genres to expand the students’ exposure to different literary styles. Students read texts on their own and summarize their meaning. They also translate sections of their readings and meet with the class and the instructor to present and discuss their work and their understanding.

TLAN 103: Colloquial Tibetan I

This course introduces students to the basics of spoken Tibetan. Basic sentence structure is taught and students begin building a vocabulary of colloquial words and phrases. Basic grammatical concepts unique to spoken Tibetan are introduced and illustrated. Emphasis is placed upon active learning, with students using techniques such as role-playing in order to develop confidence in speaking. In classes, students are given the opportunity to practice their skills privately or in small groups with a native Tibetan speaker.

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