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Ka-Ter Translation Project of the Shang Shung Institute Austria

11th Training for Translators from Tibetan
August 10th - September 4th 2013

Tibetan is a sacred language and the sheer beauty of the Dharma is mirrored by the clarity and imaginative creativity of the Tibetan language. For this and many other reasons the study of Tibetan language represents a crucial step towards a closer relation with the Teachings.

To give the possibility to the practitioners of the Dzogchen Community to study Tibetan language, the Tibetan Language Trainings have become a major aspect and task of the Ka-Ter Translation Project of the Shang Shung Institute Austria for already more than one decade.

The Tibetan Language Training focuses on the classical Tibetan language and is divided into two levels: Intermediate and advanced.
A course for beginners course will be taught separately in a more compact fashion, the dates are yet to be defined.

1. Intermediate level
The Intermediate level is intended for students who have already assimilated to a certain degree the Tibetan grammar and are able to start translating. 
They receive relatively simple texts and can analyze the text and formulate translations, individually or in groups. 
Their work is checked and corrected in group sessions and everyone may ask the tutor for clarifications. The purpose is to familiarize with texts, grammatical structures, and syntax in their actual context. 
Course fee: € 85.00
Food and accommodation are not included in the course fee. All participants are requested to individually book their stay in the area of Merigar, and are advised to do so early
2. Advanced level
Advanced level students translate in groups with the tutor and focus on all aspects of the language as well as translating theories and techniques. They will read and translate straightforwardly one sentence each, the text is more complex both grammatically and in terms of content. The aim is to produce refined translations ready to be published. 
Course fee: € 45.00
Food and accommodation are not included in the course fee. All participants are requested to individually book their stay in the area of Merigar, and are advised to do so early
Dr. Fabian Sanders

Like in the last years the courses or trainings of the Ka-Ter Tibetan Language Project will take place at the Shang Shung Institute Merigar, Italy.

In order to be able to participate in Tibetan Language Training one 
As the Ka-ter Translation Project is managed and financed by the Austrian branch of the Shang Shung Institute, all participants have to be at least an ORDINARY MEMBER of the Shang Shung Institute Austria in 2013. 
The membership-fee and the course-fee have to be sent to the Shang Shung Institute Austria latest until the end of July 2013.
Everybody needs to register first. Without registration and a valid membership we cannot accept students wishing to participate.
You can register and get your membership here:
The Teacher

Dr Fabian Sanders: Dr Fabian Sanders was born in Salo’, Italy, from German parents. After studying Chinese and Sanskrit languages and deepening his knowledge of Eastern, Central and South Asian Traditions and cultures, in the last decade he has been focusing on the Tibetan world. He began working with the 9th Khalkha Jestun Dampa on the history of his lineage and his biography for a PhD Thesis and he took part in his first retreat with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1997 in New Delhi, which has been a crucial experience. Alongside the research on and translation of classical Tibetan texts he devotes himself to the quest for careful understanding of doctrinal principles and spiritual practices of the Himalayan region. At present he teaches Tibetan language and literature at the Universita Ca’ Foscari in Venice. He is academic director of the Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies (UK) and teaches language and translation courses for the Shang Shung Institute.

Course Organiser Requirements

-     Find a suitable place for study,

-     Take care of accommodation and food for the teacher,

-     Take care of transport for the teacher from/to the airport, and from/to the hotel to the place of study.

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