These courses are readings undertaken by students individually with the help of a Sanskrit Instructor. The texts read in this course are normally classical texts from the Sanskrit literary traditions but may include other traditions and genres of Sanskrit literature relevant for understanding Buddhist texts in their South Asian context. The courses are designed to help students develop the ability to read, interpret and translate complex Buddhist material in Sanskrit. Students write papers in which they reflect on the methodology of interpretation and translation as it relates to the Buddhist tradition and in light of modern disciplines of philology and interpretation. This course option is recommended only for students who are already reading classical Tibetan at an advanced level.