Specialist translators are essential for the accomplishment of the Khyentse Vision Project mission, and we are committed to building our team. We offer a two-year Training and Internship program to promising translators, targeting the skills required to expertly translate the range of material found in the Khyentse Wangpo collections.
Applications for our 2023-2024 program are now closed.
Many enthusiastic new translators have Tibetan language and translation skills but lack the experience and expertise to work independently and confidently on the wide range of complex texts found in the Khyentse Wangpo collections. Our aim is to address these challenges with a program targeting the required skills, facilitated by expert translators.
Our two-year program starts with a training focus. In year one, the syllabus combines translation and research methodology specific to the genres found in the Khyentse Wangpo collections with a high volume of practical reading and translation activities.
In the first half of the year, participants study independently to prepare for weekly interactive tutorials led by in-house translators and attend specialist workshops with guest experts. Over the summer, participants attend a special intensive classical reading seminar at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. In the second half of the year, participants are mentored by in-house translators to work closely on a text from the collections.
Participants who meet year-one assessment criteria are invited to continue for a second year. In year two, interns gain work experience within the team and translate a text for publication.
2021 Guest Expert Workshops
Translating Khyentse Wangpo
work with style & poetic technique in target language; understand importance of lineage & experience in translation
Translating Philosophy & Commentaries
Genre: philosophy, commentaries
Creating Inspiring & Polished English Translations
engage with target language sources on style, process & poetic form; understand relevance of linguistic history
Genre: prose, poetry
Translating Biographies, Colloquial Language & Songs
conduct genre-relevant research; understand historical & cultural context of biographies
Genre: biography, song
Tibetan Grammar, Language & Source Text Familiarity
work with source texts; demonstrate familiarity with editions & history of source collections
Genre: philology, karchak
Translating Sādhanā & Practice Liturgies
identify structure & form of sādhanā; conduct background research for translation of liturgical texts
The Life of a Translator & the Translation Process
work with style & process; approach restricted texts correctly; appreciate role of lineage & blessings in translation
Creating Metered Verse in English for Chanting
work with style, process & poetic form; create metered verse in target language
Genre: supplications, praises
Life & Times of Khyentse Wangpo; Understanding Poetry
become familiar with the historical times of Khyentse Wangpo & the Rime movement; discuss effective poetic techniques in English
Genre: supplication, poetry
Khyentse Wangpo & the Sakya Tradition
understand importance of tradition & lineage in applying translation methodology
Genre: Sakya tradition material
Philosophy; Research Tools & Dictionaries
apply translation methodology; become familiar with Tibetan dictionaries; conduct genre-based research
Genre: philosophy, research texts
Review of Praise to Tangtong Gyalpo
identify symbolic language & decipher esoteric expression; understand Tantric textual context
Genre: anuttarayogatantra texts
The Editorial Workflow Process
collaborate effectively with editors; become familiar with editorial workflow process; work with constructive criticism
Genre: editorial processes
The Kabum & Kabab dun Catalogues
navigate catalogues of collected works; become familiar with range of texts & genres in collections
Genre: catalogue, source text collections
Khyentse Vision Project Translator Guidelines
apply in-house style guidelines; understand translation standards; work effectively with editors
Genre: style guidelines
Translating Historical & Geographical Tibetan Texts
work with historical style & language; apply relevant research methods
Genre: history, geography
Our current Translator Training Program participants
Discover more about our program participants from around the world.
Collaborations with Rangjung Yeshe Institute and Dharma Sagar
Khyentse Vision Project collaborates with Rangjung Yeshe Institute to deliver intensive translation methodology and language training. Our trainees have attended a range of classical reading and translation methodology classes with Rangjung Yeshe Institute since we started our program. We are currently collaborating on a special online classical Tibetan reading seminar for summer 2023, focussing on the works of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
We work with Esukhia’s Dharma Sagar program team to trial and evaluate their immersive language training and placement testing, and to share translator resources. We also invite Padmakara translator trainees to join us for our Guest Expert Workshops.