TLAN 101: Classical Tibetan I

This class develops students’ ability to read the Tibetan script and precisely analyze and understand Tibetan grammar. The course covers the principal topics of classical Tibetan grammar using handbook material as well as text passages from classical Tibetan Buddhist literature. Study of grammatical explanations from both Tibetan and Western traditions constitute the foundation for discussions in class where active student participation is of primary importance. Although the topic of grammar is central for this course, students are also introduced to the basic vocabulary of classical Tibetan philosophy.

Prerequisites

No course prerequisites exist, but familiarity with the Tibetan alphabet is assumed.