LRZTP 9

LRZTP 9

Plan | Schedule | Cost | Registration | Admission requirements | Teachers |
Daily scheduleLanguage Tutor Classes |
Listening Comprehension Exercises | Language Assessment |
Visa | Interpreters Training | FPMT Affiliated Students |

The Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program (LRZTP) is a specialized two-year Tibetan language program which provides students with a broad knowledge of colloquial and literary Tibetan, as well as Dharma terminology.

The LRZTP 9 program will be divided into two components. The first will last two years and focus on Tibetan language with special attention to Dharma terminology. The second component is intended for those individuals who wish to pursue a career in Tibetan interpretation. It will last two months and will focus on interpreter training. Together with FPMT, Lotsawa will assist the FPMT affiliated graduates of the interpreters program to find a center to start their two-year apprenticeship.

Please click here to read more about the learning goals for LRZTP 9 and the topics >

There will be the opportunity for external language students to join LRZTP 9 for the second year (provided there are places) and/or the two-month intensive program, provided they pass the LRZTP entrance exam prior.

What will LRZTP 9 include?

The program will include daily classes in the morning with the teachers, one-on-one afternoon classes for colloquial training with native Tibetan language tutors as well as listening, reading comprehension exercises and drilling.

Throughout the two years, specialized classes may be offered by visiting teachers.  These classes may take the form of Dharma talks, Q&A sessions and interactive workshops.

Program Schedule

LRZTP 9 Two-year Program:
October 2, 2020 until November 11, 2022

The two-year program will be divided into eight modules, four per year.

Interpreter Training Program:
This training program will be divided into two modules.  Specific dates will be confirmed soon.

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Program Fees 

The payment is calculated in USD. If you have any questions about payment please contact us at – lrztp.manager@gmail.com

LRZTP 9 Two-year Program  – 10,500 USD (the registration fees are included)


Interpreter Training Program:

Program fees are inclusive of administration costs, teacher support, language tutor support, lunch and one-on-one conversation classes. They do not include housing, visa costs or LTWA fees.

The registration fee is non-refundable if the student is no longer willing or able to join. An exception will be made if the program itself is canceled.

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How to Register?

Registration for LRZTP 9 is only successful once you have completed the following

  1. Completed the registration form (not leaving any section blank)
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  2. Sent the following to lrztp.manager@gmail.com- two passport size photos, passport photocopy and two recommendation letters from Dharma or Tibetan studies related people.
  3. Signed the LRZTP student agreement.
  4. Paid the deposit of 500 USD. This deposit is non-refundable should the applicant decide to cancel.

There are only 20 places in LRZTP 9.   A waiting list will be created if there are more than 20 applicants.

Admission requirements to join LRZTP 9:

  1. Have a valid student visa  permitting study in the Dharamsala area (for non-Indian students).  Please note that LRZTP does not offer student visas. Please contact lrztp.manager@gmail.com for visa related questions.
  2. All students will have a computer or tablet that will allow them to read and write in Tibetan, use the Decks software and be familiar with Google Drive.
  3. Commit to the FPMT ethical agreement between the school and the students.
  4. Fill in the medical form and include two up-to-date next of kin in case of life threatening emergencies.
  5. Have a level of active as well as passive English which permits them to follow classes, perform tasks, write essays and successfully engage in study-related research in English. The LRZTP school cannot be responsible in case students do not understand English well enough to participate in classes.
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LRZTP 9 Teachers

First year teachers: Geshe Tenzin Wangdak, Alex García and Filip Majkowski.

Second year teachers:Geshe Tenzin Wangdak, Alex García and Filip Majkowski.

for more information about the teachers visit here >

LRZTP 9 Daily schedule

During the first year, students will have daily:

  • Daily prayer and meditation sessions
  • Two-hour language classes with our experienced Tibetan language co-teachers, Geshe Tenzin Wangdak and Alex García
  • Weekly Classical Tibetan Class with Filip Majkowski
  • Wednesdays – self study time
  • One-on-one conversation classes with skilled native Tibetan speakers (4 times a week, two 50 minute sessions per day)
  • A delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch
  • Daily self study and assessment using self study materials provided by LRZTP

The second year daily schedule will be similar:

  • Daily prayer and meditation sessions
  • Two-hour language class with our experienced Tibetan co-teachers, most of which will focus on Tibetan Dharma texts and terminology.
  • Weekly Classical Tibetan Class with Filip Majkowski
  • One-on-one conversation class with skilled native Tibetan speakers (4 times a week,
  • two 50 minute sessions per day)
  • A delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch
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Language Tutor Classes 

Daily classes of two hours will support the student’s development in spoken Tibetan. Students will work one on one with native Tibetan speakers (language tutors) using materials from the main teaching class.

All language tutors undergo specialized training before the commencement of LRZTP 9.  In addition, they receive refreshing workshops during the program itself.

Listening, Reading Comprehension Exercises and Driling

Listening, reading comprehension exercises and drilling will support the LRZTP student in understanding and making sense of the spoken language. They will learn to recognize speech sounds, understand the meaning of individual words and the syntax of sentences in which they are presented as well as enhance memory and retention skills.

The exercises will be delivered through an online platform and include audio materials by native Tibetan speakers. The audio materials will be in accordance with module topics. The students will engage with these during their personal study time, outside of class hours. There will also be specific classes for listening, reading and drilling. In drilling classes students will practice their pronunciation and sentence structure.

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Language Assessment

Exams and assignments are another method of support we provide for our students. The objective of LRZTP assessment is to allow the students to realistically gauge their language abilities. Saying this, students must display that they have attained the learning objectives for each module to an accomplished level.

At the conclusion of each module, students are tested on their listening, speaking and writing skills within the context of the specific module topic.

There will also be weekly formative evaluation activities designed to support the students’ progress throughout each module.

Students are required to successfully undertake final exams in order to be accepted for an apprenticeship in a Dharma center after LRZTP 9.

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Student Visas

LRZTP 9 students will only be accepted if they are on a valid student visa which permits them to study in Dharamsala for the length of the course, or if they are local students. As for now, LRZTP is not a recognized educational institute and as such, cannot accept student visa applications. In the past, the students of LRZTP actively participated in one morning class at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA).  The LTWA is a recognized educational institute for student visa application.

You are welcome to contact LRZTP for information about the application of your student visa at lrztp.manager@gmail.com.

Interpreter Training Program

Students have the option of committing to the two-year program alone, or the two-year program along with the interpreter training program. Students are eligible to join the interpreter program after the following:

  • Having completed the registration process
  • Passed the entrance exam or achieved 70% in the final LRZTP 9 exam
  • Have the recommendation of the LRZTP director

For student who did not enroll in the two-year program, joining the interpreter program will be done based on available seats and the following:

  • Completing the registration process
  • Passing the entrance exam

Those students who graduate the interpreter program will be ‘trainee interpreters’ who qualify to complete a two-year interpreter apprenticeship in an FPMT Dharma Center. LRZTP can assist students to find a center to work at the end of their training.

It is important to note that the availability of FPMT Center apprenticeships varies from year to year.

All students are required to abide by the ethical policy of FPMT, keeping the five precepts and any student who engages in the practice of Shugden is not permitted to attend LRZTP.

Please note that LRZTP will only certify students as interpreter trainees if they complete the interpreter training program.

Interpreters Program Date:
The interpreters program will be run directly after LRZTP 9.  The specific date will be confirmed soon.

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