Why Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy?
There are many reasons to study with us!
– Study Tibetan language online with a professional Tibetan translator and long-time Buddhist scholar, who can clearly explain Tibetan vocabulary and grammatical structures in fluent English.
– Become literate in Classical Tibetan, and learn how to read and pronounce Classical Tibetan texts properly.
– Learn how to speak contemporary colloquial Tibetan in an authentic manner, according to the most widely understood standard dialect, Central Tibetan (Ü-Tsang).
– Review a particular Tibetan text in detail, with a recognized expert in the field.
– Receive a comprehensive overview of a specific Tibetan text, according to linguistic or doctrinal analysis.
– Learn how to read Tibetan Dharma texts, including your favorite teachings and practices.
Deepen your studies with
Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy.
Experience personalized learning sessions under the guidance of a seasoned Tibetan translator and scholar of Buddhist texts.
Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy provides a powerfully effective online education experience for students of all levels, helping them attain their language learning goals.
How it’s done
- Students study directly with the teacher in online sessions.
- Classes are held live with the teacher via audio and/or video call.
- Connection methods for the classes are WhatsApp, Google Duo, Zoom, Skype, Telegram and Signal. Students may choose from any of these methods according to their needs and preference. The teacher will provide you with the relevant contact details.
- Group courses are also available.
- English and Tibetan are the mediums of instruction.
Who the teacher is
- Erick Tsiknopoulos, a specialist in Tibetan translation and language teaching, has been studying Tibetan since 2004, translating Tibetan texts and orally interpreting professionally since 2009, and instructing students in Tibetan language since 2011.
- He studied classical, colloquial & modern literary Tibetan language, literature and Buddhism in an immersive native environment in the Tibetan communities of India and Nepal for 11 years (2009-2019).
- In 2020 he founded Trikaya Tibetan Language Academy, and now devotes much of his time to teaching enthusiastic Tibetan students around the world and developing effective educational literature for language learning.
How our courses are taught
- Having spent 11 years in the Himalayan region studying Tibetan language, literature and Buddhist philosophy while living in the Tibetan communities of the Himalayan region from 2008 to 2019, Erick Tsiknopoulos offers students rare insights.
- Our courses explore topics often relatively overlooked outside the Tibetan communities themselves. These include the cultural, social, symbolic, mythical, historical and psychological dimensions of Tibetan.
- By drawing upon these first-hand experiences, he employs a distinctive cross-cultural teaching approach which is bilingual in nature, and adapted for English-speaking students.
- Being familiar with most topics in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, scriptural doctrine and tradition, Erick Tsiknopoulos teaches Tibetan texts by way of linguistic analysis. Through this method the literary meaning of each text is ascertained, with reference to their specific context.
- Based on both modern Western academic and traditional Tibetan scholastic models of pedagogy and textual exegesis, this teaching methodology is unique and suited to the modern world.
- This includes hermeneutic analysis and philosophical, historical and cultural commentary, contextualized within the broader spectrum of Buddhist and Asian Studies.
What we study
- Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy offers a wide variety of Tibetan courses, in numerous subjects and for all levels of students.
- Courses are focused, but flexible by design. Every Tibetan course is specifically designed to suit each student’s personal learning goals.
- Students can choose to focus on Classical Tibetan, Colloquial Spoken Tibetan or Modern Literary Tibetan as their main subject of study. These three subjects are also often taught in combination (depending on the course). Most of our courses consist of a focused study on either Classical, Colloquial or Modern Literary Tibetan.
- Courses on several other topics are offered, such as Reading Buddhist Texts in Tibetan.
- Colloquial Tibetan courses in two dialects are offered: The Ü-Tsang Dialect (Central Tibetan) and the Exile Dialect (Refugee Tibetan).
- Interdisciplinary Tibetan Studies courses are offered, which consist of 3 different concentrations: Classical Tibetan Literacy & Digital Research Methods, Colloquial Tibetan Fluency & Contemporary Idioms, and Modern Literary Tibetan Reading Skills & News Media.
- Group courses are available on a regular annual basis.
- The Fall Group Classes Session runs from September to December
- The Spring Group Classes Session runs from March to June.
- Group courses are held on several subjects, including Classical Tibetan, Colloquial Tibetan, and Reading Buddhist Texts in Tibetan.
- Group courses are offered in progressive sequence, so that students may choose courses which match their appropriate proficiency level and continue to
Tibetan Translator Training Courses
- Tibetan Translator Training Courses are specialized programs designed for teaching aspiring translators how to translate Tibetan texts into English and other languages.
- These courses aim to authentically train a new generation of Tibetan translators by providing students with a firm foundation in Tibetan translation theory and technique.
- Available in 3 areas of specialization, each focusing on a different subject of study: Textual Translation, Oral Interpretation, and English to Tibetan Literary Translation.
Special reading courses
- Students may choose to study specific Tibetan texts in private classes, including advanced Dharma teachings, philosophical treatises or modern literary works.
- The most popular special reading courses are those focused on Tibetan texts which are relevant to the student’s personal studies, research, academic work or spiritual practice.
Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy maintains the professional standards of student-first education.
What does it mean to be student-first?
- Classes are scheduled to ensure convenient class times that work for every student, regardless of their time zone.
- Individual consultations are held with every new or prospective student to learn about their personal language goals, and structure the course curriculum in order to help them accomplish their own study aims, free of charge.
- Homework is only assigned that is specifically useful for achieving fluency and literacy in Tibetan as fast as possible, as supported by leading research on second-language acquisition. As the Buddha always reminds us, chos thams-cad mi-rtag-pa yin — “All phenomena are impermanent”. Serious students of Tibetan must therefore focus their efforts on the learning resources which are most efficient, not busywork.
- Special attention is given to students whose native language is not English, and help with English translation from Tibetan is also provided in relevant cases.