The Tibetan language is an indispensable basic tool for all those interested in Buddhism, Tibetan traditions, sciences and culture.

A continuation of the first week-end on pronunciation produced last year.  We will discuss word formation, basic structure of the language, grammatical and syntactic connectors, verbs and verbal suffixes, all the way to complex sentences. All grammatical elements will be clarified using examples from Dharma texts and already covered grammar will be re-explained when encountered. This makes the course suitable also for students who just know how to read.

The course is scheduled in 8 weekends (including the previous on the alphabet and pronunciation which you can obtain writing to

Each weekend will have 8 hours plus question time (not included in the recordings) with the following timings: 
Saturdays and Sundays 
2.00PM-4.00PM  (CET)

The first three weekends will be:     
APRIL 18-19
MAY  23-24
JUNE 20-21 

What we define 'Classical Tibetan language' is a highly sophisticated, technical and specialised language used in Tibet particularly to formulate mostly dharma related topics. This language is extremely conservative and has remained virtually identical in the last thousand years or so. It is  an indispensable tool for all those interested in Buddhism, Tibetan traditions, sciences and culture and its knowledge at all levels gives access to the marvels of that world, which is very difficult to translate to other languages with all its subtleties, imagery, technicalities and imaginative formulations. 

Tibetan language has not only been used to preserve and transmit most of Indian Buddhist literature in translation, but it has been and still is  also the expressive instrument of Tibetan Masters, yogins and scholars of great erudition and realisation of all times.

Knowledge of Classical Tibetan language is particularly helpful for practitioners of Tibetan spiritual traditions, and is a priceless resource for  students of medicine, arts and other sciences.



Fabian Sanders

Fabian Sanders has studied Asian languages, traditions and cultures extensively. In recent years he has concentrated on teaching classical Tibetan Language at university level and for the Shang Shung Foundation. He has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for more than twenty years. He is author of the volume "La Lingua Tibetana Classica" (Hoepli), the first classical Tibetan grammarbook in Italian. Read More