School for Tibetan Language and Translation – Upcoming Courses


Study Tibetan and Drajyor with us!

These are our upcoming courses online, in London, in Dzamling Gar (Tenerife) and Merigar (Italy)


January 25-27, February 22-24 and March 22-24
Deepening Tibetan Grammar with Fabian Sanders
Continuing the study of Classical Tibetan grammar. We will focus on grammatical and syntactic connectors, verbs and verbal suffixes, complex sentences. All grammatical elements will be clarified using examples from classical texts and already covered grammar will be explained when encountered.
This makes the course suitable also for students who just know how to read.

Fridays: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 10.00 – 12.00am and 2.00 – 4.00pm

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January 29 – February 4
Tibetan Language week with Fabian Sanders
Beginners’ course: A week to set the base for learning the Classical Tibetan Language and to exert yourself in reading, writing, and understanding the texts of the Tibetan tradition.
We will have a general introduction to the sacrality, importance, and structure of the language, the lettering system and so forth. Then we will examine the morphology of syllables, word formation and all the basic features of the grammar.

Guided Translation: students will read a sentence each, analyse and translate under the guidance of the instructor. Finally a very detailed grammatical and semantic analysis of the text will be proposed. We will use excerpts from the kun byed rgyal po root text.

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9.30 – 11.30a Beginners Course
11.30am – 1.30pm  Guided Translation

Donations: 150 € or 120 € (discount for regular IDC members)

February 6-12
Drajyor with Fabian Sanders

Pronunciation and word by word explanation of the Mandarava Practice Text
Daily 2:45 pm – 3:45pm

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Tibetan language course with excerpts from the Precious Vase 
with Fabian Sanders
A 2-hour online meeting every two/three weeks from 5-7pm (Italian time) in which we will focus on some parts of the Tibetan text of “The Precious Vase” by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and of extended excerpts from texts quoted therein. The ‘Precious Vase’ is an ideal text for the study of Tibetan language. It features numerous quotes from a variety of classical texts linked by passages in modern literary Tibetan. The topics discussed are ideal to form an important basic vocabulary of Buddhist terminology.

Next excerpt will be about the importance of examining the Master

The first meeting, on January 15th, is free and open to everyone!
Did you miss that? Ask for the recording!

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JANUARY    Tuesday 15 and Thursday 31
FEBRUARY  Wednesday 20
MARCH        Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 20
APRIL            Wednesday 3 and Tuesday 16

Please note that this is a Tibetan language course, not a Santi Maha Sangha course. Students need to be able to read Tibetan and must have basic knowledge of Tibetan grammar. The working language is English.


Colloquial Tibetan with Lobsang Zatul 
28 April – 4 May
A course dedicated to those who know a little Tibetan and want to deepen their knowledge of the colloquial language, Lhasa dialect, learning simple sentences and the underlying grammatical principles under the guidance of a native Tibetan with extensive teaching experience.

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Fabian Sanders has studied Asian languages, traditions and cultures extensively. In recent years he has concentrated on teaching classical Tibetan Language at university level and for the Shang Shung Foundation. He has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for more than twenty years. He is author of the volume “La Lingua Tibetana Classica” (Hoepli), the first classical Tibetan grammarbook in Italian.

Lobsang Zatul was born in Tibet, left Tibet at the age of eleven and has lived in Switzerland since 1963. He was fortunate to grow up with his parents who taught him correct Tibetan. He has been teaching Tibetan, both language and script, to Tibetans and non-Tibetans for more than thirty years. As a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu he is devoting his time and energy to the preservation of the Tibetan language.

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