Summer Classical Tibetan Language Study

Summer Program 2021

Rangjung Yeshe Institute is pleased to announce the 18th summer studies online program featuring intensive language training and Buddhist philosophy. Due to global travel restrictions, RYI will offer the Summer Program online for the second year running

Orientation sessions start from 9 June 2021, and classes run from 14 June to 5 August 2021 (eight weeks).

The level of intensity of the Summer Program is high. However, students who successfully complete the summer courses will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in the language studied. The eight week Summer Program language courses are comparable to two semesters of study for the same course studied as part of the undergraduate program at RYI.

The Summer Program will be offered at a 25% discount to help those who may be struggling financially due to the global situation. You will find the price list for the Summer Program courses linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on mobile) under the heading "Fees for Online Summer Program." If you have the means and would like to make a donation to RYI to support the running costs of all our programs and to keep prices affordable for all our students, you can do so by clicking here.  

 

 

Beginning Classical Tibetan

This intensive Classical Tibetan course is designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of classical Tibetan. The program provides a thorough grounding in the basics of classical Tibetan, including a complete introduction to classical Tibetan grammar. As such the course provides a strong foundation for reading various types of Buddhist literature in Tibetan.

The course begins with an extensive overview of the grammar after which students begin to read a variety of texts, including philosophical treatises and practice texts. Students are lead through the texts in a detailed and gradual manner, so that even complete beginners are able to understand their meaning while building a basic vocabulary and gaining familiarity with the practical application of the grammar.

Syllabi will be available here soon.

Intermediate Classical Tibetan Online Summer Program

This summer intensive is offered for intermediate-level 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, along with knowledge of Buddhist terms and vocabulary.

Syllabi will be available here soon.

 

Accreditation

The course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies as follows:

  • For beginning-level Classical Tibetan:
    • Introduction to Classical Tibetan I (3 credits, equivalent to TLAN 101)
    • Classical Tibetan II (3 credits, equivalent to TLAN 102)
  • For Intermediate Classical Tibetan: Classical Tibetan III and IV (6 credits total)

Admission Criteria

All applications for the Moodle-based courses Introduction to Classical Tibetan and Classical Tibetan II are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

All applications for the online Intermediate Classical Tibetan program are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies. Students applying to the Intermediate program must present documentation of prior Classical Tibetan studies at a university or from a similarly recognized program.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the summer program.

Fee Request

You will find the price list for the Summer Program courses linked on the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on mobile) under the heading "Fees for Online Summer Program."