Himalayan Languages

Please note that these courses differ from the courses that we are currently offering online while the campus has closed due to the pandemic. Those courses consist of live classes that RYI is offering online in order to accommodate RYI students who can no longer attend campus, and to anyone else who would like to participate in those courses. If you are interested in the live version of these courses which will be offered for the fall semester please click here. The online courses listed below are pre-recorded with some being facilitated by a moderator, and unlike the live online courses these can be taken at your own pace and may better suit your circumstances.

RYI’s online courses in Himalayan languages are designed to facilitate efficient and thorough acquisition of the target language. Created for both scholars of Buddhist Studies and Buddhist practitioners alike, they are particularly for those interested in reading and translating texts. Courses are taught using Western academic methodology, integrating technological resources and the support of native speakers.

Courses are delivered via Moodle, an open source e-learning environment. Depending on the chosen format, class sessions will include a short video lecture, visual lectures illustrating grammar points, and various web-based practice materials for vocabulary drilling and memorization. In the Interactive format, students complete homework assignments and quizzes each week that are then graded by a course moderator. Online discussion forums will encourage you and your fellow students to ask questions of the moderator and discuss issues among yourselves.

The Tibetan Alphabet

Read, write, and spell Tibetan in no time at all--this short course gives all the instruction and practice tools needed to learn the Tibetan script in its entirety in a few short weeks. It is perfect for beginning scholars and practitioners alike! Read more...

Classical Tibetan I

Want to delve into Tibetan texts on your own? Get started here with this introductory course! Build a strong foundation with a step-by-step approach to the entire classical Tibetan grammar in one semester, then continue with confidence into more advanced language instruction. Read more...

Classical Tibetan II

Build on what you learned in Introduction to Classical Tibetan to become more capable of reading Tibetan texts on your own. Gain experience with applied Tibetan grammar as it used in actual texts, add to your vocabulary, and develop your fluency. Read more...