Unlocking the Tibetan Liturgy with Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe

Learning to Read your Prayer and Practice
March 19-20, 2018

Many practitioners who read their prayer and practice books which are transcribed into English letters miss the full richness,meaning and beauty that they would enjoy if they could read the text in the Tibetan script version and understand its meaning.
During this 2 day workshop, we will discover some of the keys to unlock the specialized language of the devotional literature. We will translate a few short prayers as examples and then build a handbook of some of the most common expressions encountered in devotional literature.
This course will be most beneficial for those who have previously had at least an introductory course in Classical Tibetan.
For more information and registration please contact us at:thosamling@gmail.com

Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe
Kurt has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1964.
He took his BA in Philosophy and his MDiv in Old Testament. He conducted his PhD field research in Nepal at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Everest region, learning Tibetan by traditional methods. He then studied Tibetan at the University of California, Berkeley, learning the language again with the tools of western linguistics.
Dr Kurt has been teaching Classical Tibetan language since 1974 in both the USA and India, using a combination of these two approaches which works well for beginning students. Kurt’s teaching style gives close attention to the text but always in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.



Thosamling Nunnery, Institute and Retreat Center.