TIBETAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Dharma Tibetan for Dharma Students

Hamilton, MT   |  http://www.tibetanlanguage.org

Mission

With the Tibetan heritage and its rich contribution to humanity endangered and disappearing, TLI works to advance the preservation of the Tibetan language & culture through the teaching of the Tibetan language to Westerners. Non-sectarian, we strive to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate this profound tradition. TLI’s mission is implemented in several ways. We teach Classical Tibetan via distance technologies--thousands of students. We also publish unique study materials. TLI has a library collection written in Tibetan, Sanskrit, Pali, Japanese, and Western languages. These collections sustain research, education and publication, helping to save and archive the great works of the Tibetan tradition.

Ruling year info

1997

President

David Curtis

Main address

P.O. Box 2037

Hamilton, MT 59840 USA

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EIN

95-4594379

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Buddhist (X50)

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Teleconference Courses: Beginning and Intermediate Classical Tibetan

Level I Courses: Students learn to read, write, spell, and use Tibetan-English dictionary. Budget: $1500 per course. Target Population Served: Beginning Tibetan language students from all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism in United States, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa. As of July 2007: 32 Level I Courses have been taught, with approx. 800 students served. Budget: $1500 per course.

Level 2 Courses: Students lay foundation of Tibetan grammar and syntax for future reading and translation of texts. Target Population Served: Advanced-Beginning Tibetan language students from all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism: United States, Canada, UK, and Australia. As of July 2007: 31 Level II Courses have been taught, with approx. 465 students served. Budget: $1500 per course.

Reading/Translating Courses: Students are tutored through a reading and translation of basic Buddhist texts, such as the Heart Sutra or 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas. Target Population Served: Intermediate Tibetan language students from all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism: United States, Canada, UK, and Australia. As of July 2007: 31 Courses have been taught, with approx. 930 students served. Budget: $1500 per course.

Population(s) Served

1) Introduction to Tibetan: Level I Manual, 2nd edition. Complete update of manual: This new edition will be approximately three times the size of the original edition, serving students much better and making it possible for students from afar to study and learn on their own. Target Population served: Beginning Tibetan language students, both those in the TLI courses and those from around the world who study on their own.

2) Introduction to Tibetan: Level II Manual, 2nd edition. The third in a series of seven manuals that progressively guide the student toward becoming fluent in Classical Tibetan. The manual will be fully supported by flashcards, practice CD, and instructional DVD. Budget for Level II Manual: $2700; budget for entire development of Level II materials: $4400. Target Population Served: Intermediate Tibetan language students from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism (current student base is world-wide).

3) Way of the Bodhisattva Reader/ Translation Workbook III: Based on Shantideva’s Engaging in the Practice of the Bodhisattva. David is calling this Selections from Shantideva, A Tibetan Language Reader Based on the Bodhicaryavatara, Chapter Ten, Dedication. This unique study guide has sections for practicing reading, spelling, learning vocabulary, translating, and a complete Tibetan-English glossary. Budget for this workbook: $4400. Target Population Served: intermediate/advanced Tibetan language students from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

4) A Tibetan Verb Atlas for Classical Tibetan. A thorough parsing and explanation of 300 Tibetan verbs commonly found in Classical Tibetan. Budget for this workbook: $4000. Target Population Served: intermediate/advanced Tibetan language students from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Population(s) Served

Development of the first in a series of on-line courses. This online course would allow students from around the world to study with Lama David Curtis. Materials are in place for such an online course, ready for funding in order to be inputted electronically. Budget: $12,000. Target Population: Beginning Tibetan language
students from all parts of the world, from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Population(s) Served

University of Montana MOLLI extension program for life-long learners. This session the class focuses on the unique form of Buddhism as it developed in Tibet, the emphasis being on a historical/ cultural approach.

Population(s) Served

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TIBETAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Curtis

Tibetan Language Institute

Term: 1996 - 2025

Hazel Lewis

No Institutional Affiliation

John Crigler

No Institutional Affiliation

Roberta Anderson

No Institutional Affiliation