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Dharma Tibetan Language Course

combined with Introduction to Debate (Dudra/Lorig/Tarig)
May 22nd to December 15th, 2017
Teachers: Geshe Tsewang Nyima, Tsunma Dawa Dolma
Guest teacher: Geshema Kelsang Wangmo

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This course will focus on literary as well as colloquial Tibetan. We work with public talks given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lam Rim teachings by our resident teacher Geshe Tsewang Nyima. In class we will read texts on the subjects that are taught. In addition, we will practice our understanding of the oral explanation.

Every day the students will receive the vocabulary needed to understand the teachings of the next day. The translation of the audio will also be available. In this way both the fluency in colloquial as well as literary Tibetan will develop quickly.

Learning how to debate is essential to understand the teachings of the Buddha. One lama expressed it like this:

"Listening to the Dharma without the understanding of
debate is like trying to chew food without teeth."

Debate will open many doors to the Dharma and will help you to sharpen your mind. One gets trained in a completely different way of thinking. Those who plan to enter Tibetan nunneries or monasteries need to study Debate thoroughly.

Tsunma Dawa Dolma will lead us through the whole system, and with the help of Geshema KelsangWangmo it will be easier to appreciate the significance of debate as she is an excellent teacher who makes the logic and structure of debate very clear to Western minds.

Self-study is absolutely necessary to get the most out of this course. As this course follows up on our intermediate level course, students have ideally already studied intensively for at least half a year. If you are uncertain about your level, please contact us.

5 classes/week, 2.5 hours a day plus afternoon debate sessions

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