Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program exists through the kindness of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with the aim of training students to become interpreters of the Buddhadharma, and is a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.

The purpose of LRZTP is to train highly qualified interpreters (from Tibetan to their mother tongue) and to enable them to convey the Teachings of Lord Buddha to the world, the source of happiness for all beings.

LRZTP6 will start in October 2012. Very very soon!

Course work includes:

- Colloquial Tibetan
- Literary Tibetan
- Dharma terminology in colloquial and literay context
- Comprehension of Dharma teachings:
topics to be covered are collected topics, mind and mental factors, signs and reasoning, Graded Path to Enlighenement, mind training, basics of Tantra, among others.
- Interpretation methodology of both consecutive and simultaneous interpretation: note taking techniques, oral expression,synthetic analysis of speeches, exercises such as "shadowing", interpretation workshops by language groups etc.
- Experienced conversation partners
- Guest teachers: Dharma teachers and successful Dharma interpreters
- On site training as apprentice interpreter in a Dharma center

Structure of the course:

The course is a 4 year course, the first two years being classroom training and the remaining two are on site training as an apprentice interpreter (the last two years are now made optional).
The first two years are made of 10 terms, each term corresponds approximately to 8 weeks of class and 2 weeks of break.

Classroom program in Dharamsala:

- Two hours and a half class in the morning with a tea break
- Two hours of conversation partner session or interpretation workshop (second year) in the afternoon with a tea break

Exams and evaluations:

- There will be exams every end of term, weekly quizzes, and a major exam at the end of the first year.
- For those wishing to enter the course in the second year, there shall be an entry exam around summer 2013.

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