Classical Tibetan Translation Technique and Methodology

Classical Tibetan Translation Technique and Methodology


October 16th-December 12th 2017, in Dharamsala, India

Course Description: In this course, the focus will be on learning how to improve our skills in the translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts, paying special attention to the technique and methodology of Tibetan-English translation. The goal of the course is for the students to become knowledgeable and proficient in the translation of complex Tibetan Dharma texts. As few other Tibetan language programs teach textual translation skills directly and in-depth, this course is a rare opportunity.

The course will be based on Jé Tsongkhapa’s ‘Great Exposition on the Stages of the Path’ (Lam-rim Chen-mo), via Craig Preston’s book, ‘How to Read Classical Tibetan, Volume 1’, and ‘The Sūtra of Golden Light: The 29 Chapter Version’ (Suvarṇaprabhā Sottama Sūtra), as translated by the teacher (Erick Tsiknopoulos, much of this translation can be accessed on the website for this translation project, Students are encouraged to secure their own study materials for personal use, although as many class handouts as possible will be provided.

Anyone who has a basic knowledge of literary Tibetan grammar and reading skills is welcome to join this course. Classes will be held in the classroom of the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translators Program in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India, from 2 pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The duration of the course is 8 weeks, from October 16th to December 12th, 2017. Students may join for shorter periods, although full participation in the course is encouraged.

For more information about the course, please contact the teacher, Erick Tsiknopoulos, at, and to sign up for the course and practical details, please contact


Course price: 450$ / 28,800INR


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About the Teacher:

Erick Tsiknopoulos has been studying Tibetan language since 2005, and working professionally as a Tibetan-English translator since 2009. Since 2008, he has spent the vast majority of his time studying Tibetan language and Buddhism in India and Nepal, mostly in the Dharamsala area. He has translated numerous Tibetan texts, many of which can be seen on his main website, In addition to the Sūtra of Golden Light project, since 2012 he has also been working on translating the entire ‘Yuthok Nyingthik’ (g.yu thog snying thig, ‘Heart Sphere of Yuthok’), an extensive collection of texts which is the main Vajrayāna Buddhist practice cycle for Tibetan medical practitioners, under the auspices of the Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, OR). He is also fluent in spoken Tibetan language, and sometimes orally interprets for Tibetan teachers. He works mainly as a commissioned textual translator; and is now teaching Tibetan language and translation at various schools and institutions.