Rangjung Yeshe Institute: Nepal - Centre for Buddhist Studies Summer Tibetan Course

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Rangjung Yeshe Institute is pleased to offer summer courses in both colloquial and classical Tibetan:Colloquial Tibetan: This eight-week colloquial Tibetan summer course is designed for scholars and researchers planning to work in Tibetan regions ... read more

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Rangjung Yeshe Institute is pleased to offer summer courses in both colloquial and classical Tibetan:

Colloquial Tibetan
This eight-week colloquial Tibetan summer course is designed for scholars and researchers planning to work in Tibetan regions and cultures and for students of Buddhism who wish to engage more deeply with the living tradition. The courses are quite intensive and require considerable time and effort to meet class requirements and academic expectations. Students who successfully complete the summer courses will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in colloquial Tibetan, and, in the case of Advanced Tibetan students, the spoken Dharma language. Beginning Colloquial Tibetan Ideal for students with no prior study of Tibetan. The course is designed to facilitate and accelerate the study of Tibetan in both its spoken and written forms and offers classroom lectures, one-on-one conversation sessions and drill classes with native Tibetan speakers. Intermediate Colloquial Tibetan Designed for students with two semesters of prior study. While continuing to build a firm foundation of colloquial Tibetan grammar, emphasis is placed on developing conversation skills and a rich vocabulary through classroom lectures, one-on-one conversation sessions and drills with native Tibetan speakers. Advanced Colloquial Tibetan Open to students with four semesters or more of prior study, this class is taught in Tibetan. In addition to teaching students the language of everyday usage, Buddhist philosophy is also taught directly in Tibetan by monastic scholars, with opportunities to practice speaking about Buddhist philosophy with native speakers. This prepares students to further pursue the study of philosophy in a traditional Tibetan setting. All summer programs are fully accredited by Kathmandu University.
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Classical Tibetan:   
This eight-week course in Beginning Classical Tibetan is intended for students with no prior study of Classical Tibetan. The course is designed for those students who wish to be able to read their own practice texts and for those who want a foundation for reading Buddhist philosophical texts in depth. The course begins with the alphabet, pronunciation, and basic vocabulary and goes on to provide a thorough survey of the grammar of Classical Tibetan while developing students’ knowledge of verb tenses, general vocabulary, and Buddhist terminology. Students are then able to apply their knowledge to reading Tibetan texts during and outside of class. The course includes time spent working one-on-one with a Tibetan language partner to practice reading and provide answers to individual questions. Students are exposed to a variety of types of Tibetan Buddhist literature, including indigenous Tibetan texts as well as texts translated from Sanskrit. Students are led through the texts in a detailed manner so that even as beginners, they are able to read and understand the meaning of the texts. Intermediate Classical Tibetan Open to students with two semesters of prior study of Classical Tibetan. The course assumes familiarity with the fundamentals of Tibetan grammar, including the eight cases and their associated particles, common grammatical structures and verb tenses, and knowledge of Buddhist terms and vocabulary. Students read and translate Buddhist literature during class, with emphasis placed on consolidating and developing further knowledge of grammatical structures and Buddhist terminology. Grammar is explained on the basis of the texts as they are read, and complementary handouts are provided during the course. The course consists of readings from different genres of texts, including indigenous Tibetan philosophical literature as well as texts translated from Sanskrit. All summer programs are fully accredited by Kathmandu University.  For more information click here.

Program Type(s):
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Tibetan Language, Literature
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