Intermediate Literary Tibetan

Reading the Dharma in Tibetan & Literary Tibetan Grammar
(Fourteen 2-hour classes)
Wednesdays: September 9 – December 30.  (No class: Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 11)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Library
Instructor: Eric Dulberg
$120 Public, $105 Members, $90 Students and Seniors (60 and up)

Prerequisites: Some previous study of literary Tibetan grammar and the ability to read Tibetan syllables in U-chan. If you have questions or need the texts, please email the instructor at:
This course is a continuation of last year’s course, Reading the Dharma in Tibetan & Literary Tibetan Grammar. The focus of this course is to learn to read the Dharma in Tibetan; it also includes a component of listening to the Dharma. 

The course will begin with a brief review of my “Overview of Literary Tibetan” and continue with a review of last year’s material. We will then continue learning literary grammar, practicing translating sentences, and listening to additional and more complex sentences. Colloquial grammar will be introduced as needed to learn the difference between literary Tibetan and the material in the listening component of the course.

The texts are: (1) Translating Buddhism from Tibetan by Joe Wilson, (2) Tibetan Language Correspondence Course by Sarah Harding and Jeremy Morell, and (3) the prayer book we use on Sunday mornings: The Twelve Deeds of Lord Buddha.

Eric Dulberg is a member of Sakya Monastery. During the past 20 years he has taken formal courses and extensive private classes in literary and colloquial Tibetan with Gen Lobsang Thonden (author of Modern Tibetan Language, vol. 1 & 2), Ani Dawa, Gen Tenzin Thubwang, author Gavin Kilty, Gen Tenzin Tinley (of U Virginia, Cornell, etc), Gen Tsetan Chonjore (author of Colloquial Tibetan – A Textbook of the Lhasa Dialect), and with Dr. Jeff Schoening. Eric’s professional background includes a BSc in physics and an MPH and DrPH in epidemiology.