Living in Dharamsala
Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator 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 include the LRZTP classroom, kitchen, library, three bathrooms, one teachers’ room and staff office. There is also a large courtyard where students and staff take lunch together. Our neighbors include the Voice of Tibet and the Chuwar Labrang.
LRZTP 9 will run over a period of two years and one month, beginning on October 2 2020.
The LRZTP 9 language program will be completed in November 2022 and the interpretation training program will be organized for a period of two months in early 2023.
Notice: LRZTP 9 and other onsite programs have been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online one-on-one tutoring is available.
Not necessarily. Module 1 will begin with learning how to read and write but being familiar with the Tibetan language will help you adjust more easily in the first few weeks.
We have had a wide range of students successfully attend our LRZTP programs, both international students and local to India as well as Buddhists and non-Buddhists.
It will be taught in English and Tibetan, the proportion of which will be in accordance with the progression of the program.
LRZTP 9 will be co-taught by Geshe Wangdak and Alejandro Garcia, both of which have excellent English and Tibetan. There will also be weekly Classical Tibetan classes (teacher to be announced).
It is important for students to be exposed to the correct pronunciation of Tibetan Language, as well as take their lead from a Western teacher who has accomplished learning from a non-native perspective.
Geshe Wangdak was a crucial teaching member of our LRZTP 7 and 8 programs. Geshe-la is known for his kind heartedness and patience, as well as his wisdom and Dharma knowledge.
Gen Alejandro has taught some classes in the LRZTP 8 program and was the main teachers’ assistant. He is also known for his, Dharma knowledge and passion for Tibetan language.
09:00-10:00 LTWA class
10:30-10:45 Prayers and meditation
10:45-11:50 Main class
11:50-12:00 Tea/coffee break
12:00-13:00 Main class
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-16:00 Conversation classes (including a tea break 15:00-15:10)
16:00 – Concluding prayers and meditation[i]
16:10-17:00 Classical Tibetan class[ii]
[i] Except Mondays when concluding prayers and meditation will be at 17.00
[ii] Timing subject to change
Please note, students must attend every session of the day.
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Two-year Program – 10,500 USD (the registration fees are included)
Price to be confirmed along 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).
Yes, in that case we will refund your deposit.
Not at all, the registration for the program is open to everyone who wishes to learn the language.
However during the program we ask the students to commit to abide by the school’s ethical code (refrain from killing, stealing, sexual activity, lying, taking drugs and to follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice about the practice of Shugden).
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 of 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 class at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA). The LTWA is a recognized educational institute for student visa application. They are very helpful when accepting new student applications and provide all necessary paperwork. At the same time, you are welcome to contact LRZTP if you have any concerns about the application of your student visa at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the cost of renting a room?
Mcleodganj has a growing demand for rented apartments. A typical room with a toilet attached and a kitchen will cost around 6000-10000 INR. The bigger the room, the more expensive.
Accommodation in Gamru village is less expensive and closer to the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and the school. A typical room with an attached toilet and kitchen may be between 5000-8000 INR, 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 inquiring in your preferred neighborhood. Students usually arrive earlier with this in mind. We suggest arriving two weeks prior for this reason.
The price to rent a guesthouse for a day varies and may depend on the season. Guesthouses and hotels are more expensive, charging per night instead of per month.
It depends on what and where you eat. A restaurant meal could be around 150-300INR; if you cook for yourself the price becomes a bit smaller. In general, fruit and vegetables are slightly more expensive in McLeodganj then in the Kotwali market (Dharamsala).
McLeodganj now has specialized health food shops which can help supplement your diet, especially if you are gluten free or vegan.
Winter months are followed by a short, pleasant spring in March and April.
Summer starts in late April and peaks in mid-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 the end of February. Temperatures often reach 0°C during winter and cold rain and sleet are common.
For someone new to India, this hypothetical situation can be quite daunting. Lotsawa Rinchen 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 arose and subsequently spent a few days in the hospital.
In case of a student being hospitalized near Dharamsala, the director can act as a liaison 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 with 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 leaving for India, in case you need to take a series of vaccinations.