Courses and Credits
Tibetan History and Culture, 4 Credits
In this class, students will learn Tibetan history and learn about and experience Tibetan cultural expressions, including visual and performing arts. The course will include readings, lectures and visits to cultural institutions.
Tibetan Language 101, 4 Credits
This course is intended as an introduction to modern spoken and written Tibetan. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and speak colloquial Tibetan at the novice level, write the classical dbu can script and read simple passages. The course will meet four to five days a week and will include grammar, reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension.
Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Practice, 4 Credits
This course covers the fundamentals of Buddhism and more advanced explorations of Mahayana psychology, philosophy, and ethics.
Independent Research Project: Selected Topics, 2 Credits
This course allows students to explore a particular Tibetan Studies-related topic and ends with a major paper. Kari Kalve and the local staff supervise the research.
Mindfulness, Reflection, Identity, 4 Credits
Mindfulness is a concept and a practice centrally important to Tibetan Buddhism, as well as to many other forms of spirituality, including Quakerism and Hinduism. There is increasing research suggesting that mindfulness has a powerful role to play in education. In this class students will: learn about innovative research into the benefits of mindfulness practices; learn about and attempt various mindfulness practices including different forms of meditation and yoga; and observe themselves as scholars and citizens of the world. Through the lectures, activities and writings for this course, students will integrate their scholarship and experiences on the program. This course will be taught by Kari Kalve.
Pre-Departure and Post-Return
Students accepted to the program are required to participate in Cross-Cultural Exploration I (1 credit) prior to departure and Cross-Cultural Exploration II (1 credit) after they return.
Pre-departure sessions are designed to prepare the students for the cross-cultural experience and will include readings, activities, films and lectures. A weekend retreat is part of this course. Students and parents will receive a handbook of important information.
Following return to campus, students will participate in a seven-week course that will guide them in processing, analyzing and building upon their off-campus experience. Credit for Cross-Cultural Explorations I is dependent upon successful completion of the semester program.