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Tibetan translation classes

Charles Manson 179with Charles Manson 

Beginning on the week-end of the 1st and 2sd of June 2024

The course will be given in English as weekly classes online, complemented by week-ends in person on site at Samye Dzong in Brussels.

Prerequisite : Participants should already be able to read the Uchen script that is used in printed books. Basic knowledge will suffice, it will improve as we go along.


Registration : by email at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. 

Subsequent commitment : Participating to a class of 2 hours each week online and accomplishing 4 hours of home work subsequently before the next class.

Duration of the course : The Tibetan translation course will start with an intensive 2-day weekend, in person at KSDB, and thereafter be weekly 2-hour sessions 1 evening a week, on Zoom.
The course will continue as long as it remains economic to do so, dependent on the numbers of students.
After the starting weekend cost has been paid, students will be asked to pay once a month for 4 weekly sessions (8 hours). The starting weekend is June 1 & June 2.
The weekly evening sessions on Zoom will be arranged according to agreement with all students - there will be a discussion once the students have enrolled for the starting weekend, when a suitable day in the week can be agreed on by all. (The course will only run if at least 4 students are signed up.)

Costs : 15 £ (+/-20 €) per weekly 2 hour session per person, to be paid once a month (ie 80 € per month, for 8 hours tuition). The initial starting weekend (June 1-2)

For a week-end of 2 days with 6 hours of teachings each day the cost will be 120 € per person (including the teacher's travel and accomodation costs).

Subjects to be studied : 

  • Initial revision of reading and pronunciation
  • Word order and sentence structure
  • Tibetan grammar 8 cases and marker particles
  • Verbs
  • Translation practice at each stage, from simple sentences to passages (also poetry, prayers and ritual texts)

Charles Manson  is a librarian for the Tibetan scripture and literature collections at the Bodleian Library (Oxford University) and the British Library (London). He took refuge in the Kagyupa tradition in 1972 and has twice completed the 4-year retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland..