Gareth Sparham (Tibetan Language Program)
Profile coming soon.
Karma Thinley Ngodup
Karma Thinley Ngodup (Tibetan Language Program)
Karma was born in Tibet and grew up in India. He studied Tibetan language, history, and Tibetan Buddhism all through high school. He taught Tibetan language and history at Dehradun. He received a Master's Degree in History and Geography. He came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship and received his third Master's Degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. He returned to India where he became the Director of the Tibetan Education Development and Resource Center in Dharamsala. He published many school textbooks and storybooks for primary-level Tibetan language education, and trained teachers in the use of these materials. He came to Berkeley in 2002 and has been teaching Tibetan language in the area since that time. He has also worked on the transliteration of many rare Tibetan Buddhist commentaries and has been the Tibetan Research Consultant for the Electronic and Cultural Atlas Initiatives (ECAI) at CAL. He worked on the Tibetan gazetteer project, recording information such as names, etymology, and history from the biography of great Buddhist scholar Je Tsongkhapa called Yellow Beryl [baid'urya ser po]. His focus in the Tibetan Program at CAL has been to incorporate modern language learning technology.