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

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.


Join our course! You can start today!

  • The first weekend on reading and writing is already available as part of the course! Please write us to obtain it and get ready for the April weekend
  • The course is scheduled in 8 weekends (including the recorded one)
  • All the weekend classes will be available for replay to study. We will send exercise and study material.
  • The next three weekends will be:  APRIL 18-19, MAY  23-24, JUNE 20-21. Following dates to be announced
  • Special fees for the complete course (8 weekend package) and for those who followed the previous class on the alphabet and pronunciation or already know how to read Tibetan (7 weekend package).

If interested write 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)

This course is 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

This is an abbreviated summary of the topics, the order and distribution in the weekends might change:

1° weekend (recorded): introduction, the alphabet, the syllable

2° weekend: words, word formation and categories of words, personifiers, pluralizers, honorific and humilific register, the elements in the sentence and their position, འདི་ and དེ་ and their functions, introduction to verbs, copula verbs ཡིན་ and ལགས་
existence verbs ཡོད་  མངའ་བ་  མཆི་བ་

3° weekend the connector གི་, the negation, the final suffix འོ་, the connector གིས་ with nouns, tha dad pa and tha mi dad pa verbs

4° weekend  the connector གིས་ with verbs, the absolutive case, the ལ་དོན་ connectors with nouns 

5° weekend  the ལ་དོན་ connectors with verbs and their other usage (modal adverb, ipotetical costruction, tematic etc)

6° weekend ནས་ and ལས་ connectors with nouns and verbs; the usage of དང་

7° weekend Apposition, variable connectors, verbs in depth

8° weekend complex verbal syntagmas, overview of complex syntax and final considerations on learning and translating from Tibetan


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

Terms & Conditions

General infos and packages 

In our meetings we use an online platform called . You need to download the free basic version in order to be able to follow. You will receive the link for the class one day before or in the morning of the day the meeting is scheduled. 

The one weekend option allows you to participate to one weekend of the 8. Please write to to receive the link for the lesson you have chosen.

The eight weekends option allows you to participate to all classes of the course including the previous on the alphabet and pronunciation which you can obtain writing to You will receive all the links to participate and the links to watch the recordings. The links will be available for 2 weeks after the end of the cycle of lessons. Please write to to confirm your payment.

The seven weekends option allows you to participate to all classes of the course and is intended for those who followed the previous class on the alphabet and pronunciation or alrleady knows how to read Tibetan.


Please be aware that we record the classes and we provide the recordings to allow students to review and study what we have done. All Intellectual Property Rights in the Course Materials, Online Courses and lectures by teachers are, and remain, the intellectual property of the School of Tibetan Language and Translation. You are not authorised to: copy, modify, reproduce, re-publish, sub-licence, sell, upload, broadcast, post, transmit or distribute any of the Course Materials without prior written permission.