If you’ve already studied Classical Tibetan for a semester, or even two, the new Classical Tibetan course online from RYI could be just what you need to improve your reading skills and develop the confidence and knowledge you need to read Tibetan on your own.
The course was created by RYI’s Joost Palenstijn, who introduces new topics with short, explanatory video lectures and then talks you through the meaning of the text you’re reading in visual lectures that highlight interesting and important grammar points on screen.
Because the focus of the course is on learning by doing, you’ll be guided through readings of Tibetan classics such as The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (དྭགས་པོ་ཐར་རྒྱན་), the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (རྒྱལ་སྲས་ལག་ལེན་) and the much-loved Heart Sutra. By watching the videos and visual lectures, studying the vocabulary lists, and working through the translation assignments, you’ll find yourself learning Tibetan in an easy and enjoyable way. For those of you taking the course for credit, there are quizzes and exams to measure your progress.
The course is available in three formats: Self-study, Interactive, and For-credit (3 credits). The Self-study course can be started at any time, but the Interactive and For-credit versions of the course follow a weekly schedule and will be moderated this semester by Lowell Cook, another of RYI’s Classical Tibetan teachers. Lowell will be available to answer questions (and pose them) and he will grade your homework and translation assignments.
The Interactive and For-credit courses begin soon, on February 13, 2017, so check them out now by clicking here for more information and to register.
We’re really excited that this course is now available: it’s easy to use and easy to learn from and we hope you will all take advantage of the opportunity to continue your studies in Classical Tibetan.