Classical Tibetan I & II (Interactive)

Classical Tibetan I

Classical Tibetan I covers the core principles of grammar using textbook materials and textual passages from classical Tibetan Buddhist literature. Grammar comprehension is central to this course, but students will also be introduced to the basic vocabulary of classical Tibetan philosophy and practice. This course can serve as a springboard for students to begin delving into Tibetan texts on their own, and as a foundation for continuing with more advanced language instruction.  

The courses are designed as 14-week courses. All students have access to the course for one year from the date of registration. Interactive For-Credit students must complete all course assignments to pass. Self-Study and Interactive students can proceed at their own pace within the one-year access period. 

Course moderators are available for live online office hours from September 15 – May 15. During the summer, communication is limited to written correspondence. For those taking a course for credit, it is recommended to start before February 1 to take advantage of live online guidance from the moderators. 

This registration is for the not-for-credit format only. To register in the for-credit format, apply through the admissions page, “RYI Study Online through Moodle – For Credit Format” (https://ryi.org/admissions), or through the portal (for KU students at RYI). 


Classical Tibetan II

In Classical Tibetan II, students will continue the study of Classical Tibetan language and its grammar, gaining more experience and confidence in reading and understanding classical Tibetan texts. After completing this course, successful students will be able to approach Tibetan texts by themselves with confidence. 

Students will use their knowledge of basic Tibetan grammar and vocabulary to move into the world of Tibetan literature in a guided way. The focus of the course is on learning by doing, so the primary means of instruction is through guided readings of Tibetan classics such as The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (དྭགས་པོ་ཐར་རྒྱན་) and Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (རྒྱལ་སྲས་ལག་ལེན་). Students will also read the highly regarded Mahāyāna Heart Sutra as part of the course. Students are guided through these texts sentence-by-sentence in recorded visual lectures. The readings in the lectures are interspersed with explanations of the grammar found there, which sometimes includes aspects of grammar as explained in the traditional Tibetan style. The course also focuses on the expansion of students’ vocabulary. 

The courses are designed as 14-week courses. All students have access to the course for one year from the date of registration. Interactive For-Credit students must complete all course assignments to pass. Self-Study and Interactive students can proceed at their own pace within the one-year access period. 

Course moderators are available for live online office hours from September 15 – May 15. During the summer, communication is limited to written correspondence. For those taking a course for credit, it is recommended to start before February 1 to take advantage of live online guidance from the moderators. 

This registration is for the not-for-credit format only. To register in the for-credit format, apply through the admissions page, “RYI Study Online through Moodle – For Credit Format” (https://ryi.org/admissions), or through the portal (for KU students at RYI). 

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