Classical Tibetan

For Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022, Rangjung Yeshe Institute will continue to hold all classes online.

The following courses are non-credit that you can directly register for without having to apply through one of RYI's undergraduate programs or non-degree program. This easy registration means a more direct application process without having to submit documentation that would generally be required for RYI's undergraduate programs and non-degree program, plus the application fee is waived. If you are interested in taking these courses for-credit you can do so by signing up to any of our undergraduate degree programs here. All undergraduate and non-degree courses for Fall semester 2021 are listed on the right hand side of this page (the end of the page if you are on a mobile device).

RYI also offers a selection of  Asynchronous Online Learning Classical Tibetan courses which consist entirely of pre-recorded classes which allowing more flexibility with your schedule. For more information please click here.

The Fall Semester runs from August 23 - December 17, 2021.

No classes for reading week from October 11 to October 15, 2021.

Application deadline August 9.

Classical Tibetan

The Classical Tibetan courses are designed for both academic study and personal practice. Students are exposed to a variety of genres as they progress through the courses, including philosophical texts, prayers, sūtras, biographies, and practice texts.  Students who successfully complete the Classical Tibetan courses will have significantly improved their ability to read and understand the texts of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. 

TLAN 101: Classical Tibetan I

This class is for students who are new to Classical Tibetan and want to get started learning to read Tibetan Buddhist texts. The class covers the principal topics of classical Tibetan grammar and introduces the ordinary and dharma vocabulary needed to read simple sentences. As the course progresses, students learn how to integrate their developing understanding of grammar with their growing vocabulary and are happy to discover they are able to read simple text passages from classical Tibetan Buddhist literature by the end of the course. You can choose from either class time; "Lec 1" or "Lec 2", depending on your timezone. 

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

 

TLAN 201: Classical Tibetan III

This class is for students who have at least two semesters’ study of Classical Tibetan, and focuses on helping students develop familiarity and competency in various genres of Tibetan texts including prayer (smon lam), oral instruction (gdams ngag), and logic (tshad ma). Emphasis is placed on gaining knowledge of terminology and grammar, which is explained in tandem with the students’ presentations of their translations during class sessions.  It’s also important for students to become familiar with the ideas and philosophical principles encountered in the readings: critical for genuine understanding of the texts and for creating accurate translations. You can choose from either class time; "Lec 1" or "Lec 2", depending on your timezone. 

Test your level here.

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

 

TLAN 301: Classical Tibetan V (Translation Project I)

This course aims to develop the ability to translate classical literary Tibetan into modern languages, primarily English. In weekly meetings selected readings on translation method and theory are introduced and discussed in relation to the field in general and to the area of Buddhist Studies in particular. Through translating a previously untranslated manuscript, issues of translation method and policy are introduced. 

Test your level here!

Syllabus and Schedule available here.

This registration option is only available for international students. Nepali and SAARC students can sign up for these non-credit courses through the non-degree program.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Not-for-credit applicants

Not-for-credit applicants are expected to have completed high school (through grade 12) in order to be prepared for university-level study. However, you are not required to submit a high school diploma or transcript.

Course Fee

You will find the price list for all courses and programs linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the heading "Tuition Fee List."