LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

For Dharma Students

Courses are designed to support deeper engagement with the Buddha Dharma. Over twelve weeks, students will gain a foundation in grammar and begin reading simple Buddhist texts. These programs differ from most university level courses in that they emphasize gradual assimilation of grammar through recitation and draw vocabulary and grammatical examples from Buddhist literature. The aim is to enable students to read original texts in Sanskrit or Classical Tibetan as soon as possible.

Classical Tibetan

Level 2 Program

Tuesdays & Fridays, 10-11:30am PST on Zoom. 
January 18 - April 15, 2022

This course is devoted to reading original Tibetan Dharma texts and deepening our understanding of Tibetan grammar and complex sentence structure. Participants are also welcome to suggest short texts or passages of special interest to read together in class. Towards the end of the course, students will undertake a translation of a short text.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or equivalent (open to people who have studied basic Tibetan grammar). Please contact the instructor, Bruno Galasek-Hul, to directly discuss if this level is appropriate for you.

Interested in signing up?

Level 1 Program

Registration closed. Level 1 will be offered again in Fall 2022. Read the full description from 2021.

Sanskrit for Dharma Students

Level 2 Program

Mondays & Thursdays, 9-10:30am PST on Zoom. 
Jan 17 - Feb 24, 2022 & Mar 14 - Apr 21, 2022

Sanskrit for Dharma Students, 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.

Level 1 Program

September 6-December 9, 2021

Registration closed. Level 1 will be offered again in Fall 2022.

Computing the Dharma

New Tools to Explore Buddhist Sanskrit Literature

Free online lecture with Ligeia Lugli, PhD
Saturday, July 31, 10am-11:30am Pacific Time on Zoom. 

Sound & Meaning: Chanting in the Study of Buddhist Sanskrit

Recorded Online Lecture with Mattia Salvini

This talk discusses how chanting may help in learning Sanskrit and how it may facilitate the understanding of Buddhist philosophical texts.