LRZTP 8 FAQ

Frequently asked Questions for LRZTP8

 

Where is the LRZTP8 Program held?

How long will the program run?

Do I need to know some Tibetan before LRZT8 begins?

Who typically studies at LRZTP?

Is the course taught in English?

Is the course teacher a Tibetan?

What is the daily schedule of the course?

What will the program cover?

What are the Course Tuition fees?

In case the course doesn’t open, will I get my deposit back?

Do we have to be Buddhist in order to attend the course?

What visa do I need to attend LRZTP8 and how do I get it?

Living In Dharamsala

What is the cost of renting a room?

What is the cost of food?

What is the weather like in a typical year?

What happens in the event of illness and hospitalisation?

 

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Where is the LRZTP8 Program held?

Lotsawa Rinchin Zangpo Translators Program is located between the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the Men Tsee Khang in the Rato Chuwar Labrang, Phutsok Gatsel on Session Road.

Facilities includes the LRZTP classroom, kitchen, library, two bathrooms, one small meeting room and staff office.  There is also a large courtyard where students and staff take lunch together.  Our neighbours include the Voice of Tibet and the Chuwar Labrang.

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How long will the program run?

LRZTP8 will run over a period of two years and four months, beginning in February / March 2018.

The LRZTP8 language program will be completed in February 2020 and the Interpretation workshop will run from March 2020 for a period of four months.

See this link for more details about the schedule>

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Do I need to know some Tibetan before LRZT8 begins?

Not necessarily.  LRZTP8 will offer ‘Module 0’, a three week module which runs prior to the start of classes at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.

The first two weeks will give students the opportunity to learn the Tibetan alphabet and how to read it. If each students successfully integrates the material taught, they will meet the LRZTP8 entry requirements.

The final week of Module 0 consists of a four day induction for all students. The induction includes: : official opening ceremony with all the students, introduction to the course, settling into Dharamshala area for those who have just arrived, detailed discussion of the objectives, syllabus, technical supports, Wylie, introduction to the LT, etc.

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Who typically studies at LRZTP?

We have had a wide range of students successfully attend our LRZTP programs, both international students and local to India as well as buddhist and non-buddhists.

Some students attend as FPMT affiliated with the hope to continue on as trainee interpreters or translators in an FPMT Center after their LRZTP training is completed. Those who do not wish to do this attend the program as Freelance students.

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Is the course taught in English?

It will be taught in English and Tibetan, the proportion of which will be in accordance with the progression of the program.

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Is the course teacher a Tibetan?

LRZTP8 will be co-taught by Geshe Wangdak and Franziska Oertle, both of which have excellent English and Tibetan.  It is important to be exposed to the correct pronunciation of the Tibetan Language, as well as a model who has accomplished learning from a non-native perspective.

Geshe Wangdak and Gen Franziska-la co-taught the LRZTP7 program. They are both held in high regard by their students due to the sincerity and kindheartedness they generate while they teach our intensive program. for more information about LRZTP 8 teachers visit this page.

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What is the daily schedule of the course

Daily schedule:
0800-0830       Prayers and Meditation

0830-0840       Preparation for Class

0840-0940       Class (1st session)

0940-1000       Tea Break

1000-1100       Class (2nd session)

1100-1110       Break

1110-1200       Language Tutor class (1st session)

1200-1210       Tea Break

1210-1300       Language Tutor class (2nd session)

1300-1400       Lunch & Karma Yoga

1400-1500       Project based lesson (PBL) class at LTWA

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What will the program cover?

You can find this information in detail on this page >

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What are the Course Tuition fees?

contact us at – lrztp108@gmail.com

Two years course  – (approximately*) 546,000 INR/ 8,400 USD (the registration fees are included)

Interpreters course:

FPMT affiliated students – 117,000 INR / 1800 USD

Freelance                        – 162,500 INR / 2500 USD  (What is the difference? read here>)

Course fees inclusive of administration costs, teacher support, language tutor support, lunch and one-on-one conversation classes. They don’t include housing and fees for the classes in the LTWA.

If the course will not open due to any reason we hope will not happen – the registration fees will be refunded. otherwise the registration fees are non refundable.

*We are working on reducing the price of the course so it will be more affordable therefore the price might change by the beginning of the course.

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In case the course doesn’t open, will I get my deposit back?

Yes, in that case we will refund your deposit.

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Do we have to be Buddhist in order to attend the course?

Not at all, the registration for the course is open to everyone who wishes to learn the language.

However during the course we are asking the student to commit to abide by the course moral code (refrain from killing, stealing, sexual offending, lying, taking drugs and to follow HH the Dalai Lama’s advice about the practice of Shugdon).

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What visa do I need to attend LRZTP8 and how do I get it?

All students of LRZTP8 must attain a student visa.  Please note that it is not possible to attend LRZTP8 if you hold a tourist visa. One unique feature of the LRZTP8 program is a collaboration with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. This allows students to apply for a student visa through the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.  The specific collaborative class will be published in the LTWA 2018 program.  Please check the LTWA website towards the end of 2017.  Lotsawa will be able to help you if you have any questions about this part of your application.

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Living In Dharamsala

What is the cost of renting a room?

Mcleod Ganj has a growing demand for rented apartments.  A typical room with a toilet attached and maybe a kitchen will cost around 6000-10000INR. The bigger the room, the more expensive.

Accommodation in Gamru village is less expensive and closer to the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. A typical room with attached toilet and kitchenette may be between 4000-7000INR, depending on the size of the room.

Accommodation is usually found by word-of-mouth, through the Dharamsala Expats forum or FB page or physically enquiring in your preferred neighbourhood.  Students usually arrive earlier with this in mind.

The price to rent a guest house for a day varies and depends on the season.  Guesthouses and hotels are more expensive, charging per night instead of per month.

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What is the cost of food?

It depends on what you eat and how much you eat. A meal could be around 100-300INR; if you cook for yourself the price becomes a bit cheaper. In general, fruit and vegetables are slightly more expensive in Macleod Ganj then in the Kotwali markets (Dharamsala).

Saying this, Macleod Ganj now has specialized health food shops which can help supplement your diet, especially if you are gluten free or vegan.

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What is the weather like in a typical year?

Winter months are followed by a short, pleasant Spring in March and April. Summer starts in early April and peaks in early June (when temperatures can reach 36°C). July to mid-September is the Monsoon season, when very heavy rainfall can be expected, making Dharamsala one of the wettest places in the state. Autumn is mild and lasts from October to the end of November. Winter starts in December and continues until mid February. Temperatures often reach 0°C or below during winter and snow and sleet are common.

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What happens in the event of illness and hospitalisation?

For someone new to India, this hypothetical situation can be quite daunting.  Lotsawa Rinchin Zangpo can provide some recommendations of where to go in the event of ill health but ultimately Lotsawa is not legally responsible for the student’s welfare.

It is strongly advised that every student arranges for appropriate health cover which includes repatriation costs.  There have been instances in the past where students with good health have had accidents or unexpected health problems arise and subsequently spent a few days in hospital.

In case of a student being hospitalized, the Course Manager can act as a liason between the student and their family, and also provide emotional support while the student is in hospital. Decisions regarding treatment will be made by the student or their family if the student is not conscious.

For this reason, it is very important every student provides up to date contact details for two family members.

A visit to the hospital in India can quickly become quite expensive, with medicines and tests requiring upfront payment.   It is ideal for students to have some emergency money they can access quickly.

Your travel book or national website will provide you up to date information on important health points like necessary vaccinations, diseases common to India etc.  It is important to investigate these a few months before you leave for India, in case you need to take a series of vaccinations.

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