The following courses will take place in the Belgian Academy for Ancient and Oriental Language Studies (ABELAO)
From Sunday, 3 August, to Thursday, 14 August, 2014
Classical Tibetan I: Beginners Level
This intensive course aims to introduce students to the basic principles of the classical Tibetan grammar. It is particularly intended for those who wish to read the Tibetan translations of the words of the Buddha and of the classical Indian commentaries thereon, as well as the many treatises on Buddhist philosophy and contemplation by indigenous Tibetan masters.
This course consists of a presentation of the so called dbu-can script (pronounced as ouchan) and of the classical Tibetan syntactic structure, as well as of an introduction to the various case particles. In addition, the students will learn the basic vocabulary and will do translation exercises in order to prepare to read classical texts.
Dylan Esler is a scholar and translator of Tibetan texts. He holds an MA in Buddhist Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is currently a doctoral research scholar at the Institut Orientaliste of the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He is working on a translation and study of an important tenth-century Tibetan text on the subject of contemplation. His research interest focuses on early rNying-ma expositions of rDzogs-chen andTantra. He is also an associate member of the Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies.
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