For Dharma Students

MRC’s online language courses support deeper engagement with Buddhist literature and philosophy. First year courses in Sanskrit and Tibetan provide a foundation in native linguistic theory, grammar, and vocabulary with chanting and reading of simple Buddhist texts. Second year reading courses provide an opportunity to consolidate this knowledge while reading a variety of genres.  

Sanskrit for Dharma Students

Beginning Level, Part 1

Mondays & Thursdays
9-10:30am Pacific time on Zoom
October 3, 2022 - January 19, 2023
(no class 11/17-24, 12/22-1/5)

In this twelve-week course students will gain a foundation in native Sanskrit grammar and practice reading simple Buddhist texts. Homework includes written exercises as well as chanting supported by video recordings . The course emphasizes grammatical topics and vocabulary relevant for students of the Buddha Dharma. Materials for the course have been developed by Professor Mattia Salvini (International Buddhist College, Thailand) and will be published by Mangalam Press in 2023. 

Tuition: $375  

Registration is now closed for the live class. However, you may register here for an asynchronous version with a live weekly Q&A for a discounted tuition and various scholarship levels.  Please write  MRC’s Academic Director and the course instructor with any questions, Karin Meyers

Beginning Level, Part 2

Begins February 2023

Level 2 will build on Level 1, enabling students to practice reading, build Buddhist vocabulary, and deepen their understanding of Sanskrit grammar. This is a continuing course, open to those who have completed Level 1.

Reading Sanskrit Buddhist Texts

Intermediate Level, part 1

9-10:30am Pacific time on Zoom
November 2 - December 14, 2022
(no class 11/23)

In Reading Sanskrit Buddhist texts students will have the opportunity to review and consolidate their knowledge of Sanskrit grammar through guided readings of Sanskrit Buddhist texts. This year the fall course will be  short, only six weeks. The continuing spring course will be twelve weeks.  (This course is appropriate for students who have completed MRC’s Sanskrit for Dharma Students or another first year Sanskrit course. 

Tuition: $190

Enrollment is limited to 16 students. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For scholarship information, email MRC’s Academic Director and the course instructor, Karin Meyers (

Donate to our Scholarship Program

Help Dharma students learn the language skills to read Dharma texts in their original language.

Our wish is to offer Classical Tibetan and Sanskrit language instruction to anyone with the desire and commitment to learn, regardless of their financial circumstances. Help us keep our courses accessible by donating to offset the costs of offering such programs free of charge to the participants.