Summer Sanskrit Language Study

Summer Program 2020

RYI’s Executive Committee and Special Committee on Covid-19, in consultation with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, have decided that the RYI Summer Program will not go ahead as planned this year. Naturally, this decision is tremendously disappointing for all those due to participate in the 2020 Summer Program. The good news is that the Program is planned to go ahead for Summer 2021. You can still study with RYI over the summer or, indeed, at any time, from the comfort of your own home with our online courses. To find out more about the Institute’s range of online learning courses please click here.

Please click here for a full details on the cancellation of the summer program.

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Please note the information below is not applicable for this summer due to the cancellation of the Summer Program.


Summer Sanskrit Course

June 10 - August 6, 2020 (Eight weeks including four days of orientation)

The Sanskrit summer program is offered at the beginning and intermediate levels. The level of intensity of the courses is high and students are expected to invest considerable time and effort in order to meet class requirements and academic expectations. Students who successfully complete the courses will be well on their way towards a high degree of proficiency in Sanskrit.

Beginning Sanskrit

This intensive Sanskrit course is designed for beginning students with no prior knowledge of Sanskrit. The program provides a thorough grounding in the basics of Sanskrit, including a complete introduction to Sanskrit grammar. The course provides a strong foundation for the reading of Buddhist Sanskrit literature.

Grammatical explanations will primarily employ indigenous categories and concepts so that students become immediately familiar with the type of analysis found in the Buddhist commentarial literature. The course will also present grammar classes in such a way that lessons may be directly applied to samples of Buddhist Sanskrit literature. Students are lead through the texts in a detailed and gradual manner so that even complete beginners will be able to access their meaning while building a basic vocabulary and gaining familiarity with the intricacies of Sanskrit grammar. 

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.

Intermediate Sanskrit

This intensive Sanskrit course is offered for intermediate-level students with two semesters of prior study of Sanskrit. The course assumes a thorough grounding in the basics of Sanskrit grammar, including experience with reading Buddhist Sanskrit literature, and is designed to increase students' reading proficiency in Sanskrit. Students prepare translations of assigned Sanskrit texts for discussion during class time, and during the course students read from a variety of genres. The course also helps students develop familiarity with online resources for the translation of Sanskrit.

For more information, please download the detailed course syllabus.


Admission Criteria

The Sanskrit programs has a maximum enrollment of 15 students and all applications are subject to approval by the Centre for Buddhist Studies.

For more information, please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Admissions Process for the summer program.


The Beginning Sanskrit course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Sanskrit I and Sanskrit II (6 credits total).

The Intermediate Sanskrit course is accredited at the Centre for Buddhist Studies for Sanskrit III and Sanskrit IV (6 credits total).

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