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Translating Buddhism from Tibetan
By: Joe Wilson

Translating Buddhism from Tibetan

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Author: Joe Wilson
Format: Hardcover

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Written for beginners, but with material of interest to advanced students as well, "Translating Buddhism from Tibetan" presents Tibetan in a systematic and structured way. It begins with rules for reading, writing, and pronouncing Tibetan, gradually carrying the reader through the patterns seen in Tibetan literary language. Based on the methods of teaching Tibetan originally developed by Jeffrey Hopkins at the University of Virginia, this book balances traditional Tibetan grammar and syntax with a use of terminology more familiar to English speakers.
"Translating Buddhism from Tibetan" is unique in its approach to Tibetan grammar and syntax. The author has discarded the traditional Latin and Sanskrit based categories for analyzing and explaining Tibetan, and has developed an approach to learning and translating Buddhist Tibetan based on identifying repeating patterns in Tibetan phrases, clauses, and sentences. These are presented and analyzed in an easy to understand, diagrammed form. Boxes and arrows are used to illustrate the flow of ideas and relationships between words in Tibetan sentences. After five years of teaching Tibetan at the University of Virginia, the author spent another five years examining Tibetan Buddhist literature and developing this pattern based approach to Tibetan Grammar.
This book is also unique in having an approach which focuses on the vocabulary seen in Buddhist texts, especially those dealing with philosophy and meditation. It expands the student's understanding of vocabulary to encompass the definitions and categories of important terms essential for reading a wide variety of religious and philosophical works.

Translating Buddhism from Tibetan, Joe Wilson, Snow Lion Publications, Hardcover, 808 pages, $65.00

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