East Asian Languages and Cultures
Tibetan Language Program
Tibetan is spoken by approximately six million people in living on the Tibetan plateau, which spreads across China, Bhutan, Nepal, and parts of northern India. This plateau, often called “the roof of the world”, is bordered by the Himalaya mountain range, which includes Mount Everest. Literary Tibetan is the language of the most extensive corpus of Buddhist texts in the world, only a miniscule fraction of which have been translated into other languages. Learning Tibetan is, as such, a path to knowledge of one of the world’s great religions, as well as to ancient teachings in the fields of philosophy, art and eastern medicine. In the last century, study of Tibet’s ancient culture has been overshadowed by modern political struggles between the People’s Republic of China, which views Tibet as part of the Chinese state, and the Tibetan government-in-exile led by 14th Dalai Lama, which views Tibet as an independent nation under Chinese occupation.
Elementary Tibetan I ( 3 / U )
An introduction to the Tibetan language in both its literary and colloquial forms according to the Central Tibetan dialects. Four semesters of 3 credit Tibetan language courses fulfill the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement.
Elementary Tibetan II ( 3 / U )
A continuation of TIB 104. Four semesters of 3 credit Tibetan language courses fulfill the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: TIB 104 or equivalent.
Intermediate Tibetan I ( 3 / U )
Continuation of TIB 102. Prerequisite: TIB 102 or equivalent. Four semesters of 3-credit Tibetan language courses fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. LEC
Intermediate Tibetan II ( 3 / U )
Continuation of TIB 201. Prerequisite: TIB 201 or equivalent. Four semesters of 3-credit (same as above).
About the Instructor
Venerable Champa Lhunpo was born in Tibet. In 1959, when he was four years old, communist Chinese invaded Tibet and he was forced to flee with his family to India. He joined the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, India (The Dalai Lama's personal monastery) at age fifteen, and earned Master of Sutra and Tantra in 1986. For many years, he traveled as part of The Dalai Lama's personal entourage, assisting him with rituals and performing sacred dance, music and art. He has taught Tibetan language at various schools and centers in the U.S., including University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and Namgyal Institute of Buddhist Studies in association with Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Most recently, he taught Tibetan language and Tibetan sacred art at Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City through Ottawa University at Overland Park, Kansas.