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In addition to Buddhist Studies, students are trained in Buddhist languages such as Sanskrit, Pāli, and Tibetan. A heavy emphasis is placed on English and Japanese language acquisition.
Dear Ven. Huifeng,
I am wondering how the language instruction in the Buddhist canonical languages is going to be given? Will FGU fly in scholars who are experts in these classical languages or will students use online resources? Will Tibetan be taught only as a scriptural language or also as a modern language?
If I know a bit about this I can inform a couple of young people who sometimes attend weekend courses here, who are interested in studying Buddhism academically.
The languages are taught by our own faculty, no need to "fly in scholars" when we already have our own.
Recently the classes have been taught as follows:
Sanskrit: Prof. Choong / Prof. Chen
Pali: Prof. Gao = Grohman
Tibetan: Prof. Lin (/ Prof. Liu)
Chinese: Prof. Gao = Grohman / Prof. Solonin
Japanese: Prof. Chen
We don't presently have the resources to do Tibetan as both classical and modern.
The basics are taught at undergrad level, in Chinese. Our present issue is that at MA level languages should already be a "given", as per most similar departments at universities elsewhere. So, if a student doesn't have the languages, they have to do make up by sitting in on the undergrad classes. So, not all these languages are taught in English. It varies which ones are, and which ones are not, depending on the time and teacher. Classical Chinese is only taught in English.