LRZTP 8 Teachers

Geshe Tenzin Wangdak

Geshe Tenzin Wangdak was born in Central Tibet in a small village called Mangra in 1972. After junior high school, he decided to go to India to study Buddhism. In the year of 1986, he became ordained and joined the Drepung Loseling Monastery.

At the Drepung Loseling Monastery, he studied The Five Great Texts of Buddhist philosophy (Perfection of Wisdom, Middle Way, Valid Cognition, Monastic Discipline and Treasure of Knowledge). He was also an assistant to the chant master and he taught other monks to chant prayers as well. After twenty years of studies both at the Drepung Loseling Monastery and the Gelugpa University, he obtained his Geshe “Tsok ram” and “Karam” degrees in 2008.

After the graduation, Geshe Tenzin Wangdak left for Dharamsala and joined a three-year program aimed for Geshes at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) where he studied Chinese and English languages, Western philosophy, science, and world religions.

In 2012, he participated in an intensive Translation Program for three months organized at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) in Dharamsala.

Since 2012, Geshe la has been giving Buddhist philosophy classes to Westerners both in English and Tibetan, and he has also been helping with translating various texts, editing, proofreading and so forth. He is always happy to teach Buddhism to the people who are interested in it.

Since 2013, he has been working at the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program as a teacher and tutor coordinator.

His-Holiness-and-myself-2014Franziska Oertle

Franziska Oertle was born in 1980 in Heiden, Switzerland. She completed her teacher training degree in 2003 and worked in that field for three years. Upon her first encounter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2006, she moved to Bouddhanath, Nepal. Her aim was to – one day – be able to understand His Holiness in Tibetan.

Immersing herself into the Tibetan language and culture by living with a Tibetan host family, she studied Buddhist philosophy and Himalayan languages at Kathmandu University (Rangjung Yeshe Institute – RYI). This career combined the two main interests and passions she has had since her youth: dharma and languages.

After completing her 3-year B.A. degree in 2009, she worked as a Tibetan language instructor at RYI – teaching B.A. students as well as training students to be interpreters.  Co-teaching classes with Tibetan colleagues, she gained a deeper interest and fascination about the unique Tibetan language and grammar. Therefore, in summer 2011 she defended her thesis on indigenous Tibetan grammar and received her M.A. degree. Her thesis is a concise introduction to the two main Tibetan grammar texts, the Sum Cu Pa and rTags kyi ‘Jug Pa.

Since graduating, she has been teaching colloquial Tibetan language on various levels and institutions in Nepal and India. In spring, she teaches the Emory Study Abroad semester in Dharamsala, in the summer the RYI Intensive Summer Course, in autumn the fall semester for SIT (School of International Training) in Bouddhanath, and she currently lives and teaches at Sarah College in Dharamsala.

Having the sincere wish to contribute something to the world of ‘Tibetan learners’ as well as the preservation of an endangered language, she is writing a Tibetan Colloquial Manual. Unlike other textbooks, it takes the approach of synthesizing traditional indigenous Tibetan grammar and modern contemporary teaching methods. This work reflects her modern teacher-training background as well as the traditional Tibetan education she has been fortunate to receive.