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

The LRZTP 8 program will differ a little from previous LRZTP programs. It 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.

The two-year program will be using pedagogical method of “Student Based Learning”. In this method there is an emphasis on the active role of the student in the process of study. The learning process is divided into five aspects which will be implemented and evaluated. the five aspects are: Foundational Knowledge u0026amp; Application, Integration, Human Dimension, Caring, Learning How To Learn.

Please click here to read more about the learning goals for LRZTP 8 and the topic > There will be the opportunity for external language students to join LRZTP 8 for the second year (provided there is space) and/or the two month intensive program, provided they pass the LRZTP entrance exam prior. Attention please: Thanks to Khyentse Foundation and their Ashoka Grant, we are now offering a discount for LRZTP8 students from India. The condition is they must be Indian citizens. The percentage of fee discount will depend on how many Indian students apply.

What will LRZTP 8 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 and daily listening comprehension exercises.

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

Program Schedule

LRZTP 8 Two-year Program: March 19, 2018 until March 20, 2020 The two year program will be divided into ten modules, five per year. Interpreter Training Program: This training program will be divided into two modules.  Specific dates will be confirmed soon. click here for the full schedule >

Program Fees

The payment is calculated in dollars but will be done in Rupees. If you have any questions about payment please contact us at – LRZTP 8 Two-year Program  – (approximately*) 8,400 USD (the registration fees are included) Interpreter Training Program: FPMT affiliated students – Price to be confirmed with specific dates Freelance students            – Price to be confirmed with specific dates

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 (highly unlikely).

How to Register?

Registration for LRZTP 8 is only successful once you have completed the following
  1. Completed the registration form (not leaving any section blank)
  2. Sent the following to two passport sized photos, passport photocopy and two recommendation letters from Dharma related people.
  3. Signed the LRZTP student agreement.
  4. Paid the deposit of 400 USD. This deposit is non-refundable should the applicant decide to cancel.
There are only 20 places in LRZTP 8.   A wait list will be created if there are more than 20 applicants.

Admission requirements to join LRZTP 8:

  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 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 Anki 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.

LRZTP 8 Teachers

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

LRZTP 8 Daily schedule

During the first year, students will have daily:
  • Meditation and prayer session
  • Two hour language class with our experienced Tibetan language co-teachers, Geshe Tenzin Wangdak and Alex García
  • Weekly Classical Tibetan Class with Filip Majkowski
  • Wednesday – Self study time
  • One-on-one conversation class with skillful 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:
  • Meditation and prayer session
  • Two hour language class with our experienced Tibetan co-teachers, most of which will focus on Tibetan dharma terminology.
  • Weekly Classical Tibetan Class with Filip Majkowski
  • One-on-one conversation class with skillful native Tibetan speakers (4 times a week, two hours each)
  • A delicious and healthy vegetarian lunch

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 material from the main teaching class.

All language tutors undergo specialized training before the commencement of LRZTP 8.  In addition, they receive refresher workshops during the program itself.

Listening Comprehension Exercises

Listening comprehension 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 material by native Tibetan speakers. The audio material will be in accordance with module topics. The students will engage with these during their personal study time, outside of class hours.

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 a accomplished level.

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

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

Students are required to successfully undertake both final year and interpreter training exams in order to be accepted for an apprenticeship  in a dharma center after LRZTP 8.

Student Visas

LRZTP 8 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

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 8 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 will assist FPMT affiliated students to find a center to work at the end of their training. It’s important to note that the availability of FPMT Center apprenticeships vary from year to year.  Those students who wish to work at a FPMT center will attend the LRZTP program as FPMT affiliated students. Those who do not wish to to work at an FPMT Center will be known as freelance students. Both FPMT affiliated students and freelance 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. Interpreter Program Date: The interpreter program will be run directly after LRZTP 8.  The specific date will be confirmed soon.

FPMT Affiliated Students

There are two ways of participating in LRZTP interpreter training  – either as an FPMT affiliated student or as a freelance student. FPMT affiliated students must commit to work in an FPMT center for two years after successfully graduating from both the two year language program and the interpreter program. Freelance students do not have this obligation. Program fees are subsidized for FPMT affiliated students.
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