Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages was founded in 2009 to
support the establishment of English and other Western languages as accurate vehicles
for the transmission of Buddhism. MRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Berkeley, California
Beginning Tibetan Language
October 16 – December 6, 2017, Jann Ronis.
This beginning course in the classical Tibetan will teach the fundamentals needed to read Tibetan liturgies and help you improve your command of Dharma terms and concepts. The course will start with a systematic introduction to the Tibetan alphabet, rules of pronunciation, grammar, and basic vocabulary. Within a couple of weeks, we will be learning important Buddhist phrases and understanding the structure of simple prayers. By the end of the course, students will have gained a priceless avenue into Tibetan culture and religion.
There are no prerequisites and the course will proceed at a casual pace. We will meet twice per week for eight weeks. There will be a modest amount of homework, including audio/video and workbook exercises.
Jann Ronis received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2009 for a dissertation about developments in the monasteries of eastern Tibet, along the border between Tibet and China, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His research interests include the social histories
of visionary cults, scholastic traditions, monastic reform movements, and sectarian
conflicts; the philosophical and contemplative traditions of the Nyingma school of
Tibetan Buddhism; and Sino-Tibetan cultural relations.