Learn to Translate
With one year of intensive training, Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Translator Training Program can take you from basic competence in spoken and dharma Tibetan to translating dharma teachings into English.
Entry into the program requires one year’s prior study of spoken and classical Tibetan, and a basic understanding of Buddhist philosophy. The program begins each June, and by September students begin practicing their translation skills in class, five days per week. In addition, they study spoken Tibetan, classical Tibetan, Buddhist philosophy, and translation methodology. Classes are small, and a number of sessions are one-on-one with native Tibetan speakers. Translation practice classes use Tibetan Lopons, Lamas, and Khenpos as the teachers, in a setting similar to what one would encounter as a real-life translator. The program is intensive, and you should expect to work hard. But the reward is commensurate with the effort — graduates from the program are currently translating in the United States, Mexico, Nepal, India, and other countries.
If you dream of translating but are completely new to Tibetan, you can study for a year in our undergraduate program to learn what you need to know in order to join the Translator Training Program.
Applications for 2014-2015 are closing soon. Visit our website for more information.