Are you a professional or an aspiring Tibetan translator? Here are 5 reasons how studying at Nitartha Institute – with its foundation, intermediate and advanced curriculum classes – can help you:
- You learn to understand basic Buddhist terminology and ideas/concepts, that are common in Hinayana and Mahayana schools. The foundation curriculum lays the ground with cognitive theory, ontology and logic. The Nitartha foundational curriculum teaches precise definitions, meaning, and usage of critical distinctions, such as when would you use “mind” or “consciousness” or “awareness” in your translations. By fully understanding the Pramana traditions, your translations will gain consistency and clarity. Make translation choices that convey the original meaning and intention.
- You learn the debate format and distinctions of logic. This helps decode the underlying way of thinking which runs through most Tibetan commentaries and will thereby help you understand these better.
- You will get an overview of the four classical fields of study of a Tibetan Shedra (with the exception of Vinaya) through detailed studies of Abhidharma, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita (paths and bhumis) and Pramana.
- You will go into the four philosophical tenent systems in depth, providing a context and background that is not accessible from mere comparative or summary presentations. Through in-depth understanding and broad knowledge, you will easily be able to contextualize topics for your western listeners and enable them to gain a deeper understanding.
- Many Nitartha Shedra classes are taught by translators with deep experience in presenting these topics, providing opportunities to get into the source languages right on the spot to clarify questions and discuss translation issues.