Learning Tibetan

Transform your relationship with the Dharma--
Experience the joy of learning to read your texts and prayers in Tibetan


Why Learn the Tibetan Language?

What various teachers have to say about learning Tibetan:

Kalu Rinpoche
Bokar Rinpoche
Thrangu Rinpoche
Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche (Gochen Tulku Rinpoche)

Anam Thubten Rinpoche

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

            Why the Tibetan Language Institute's system is unique


The principal instructor at TLI is David Curtis. David began his studies in 1980, traveling in 1984 to receive teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama. He lived and trained at Kagyu Ling in France, in 1992 completing the traditional Tibetan Three-Year Retreat in meditation, yoga and philosophy. Subsequently David has sought teachings from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1993 he began teaching the Tibetan language to students in Los Angeles.  Many Rinpoches from Kagyu and Nyingma lineages have encouraged him to teach Tibetan and guide others in their meditation practice. As a teacher and author, David established the Tibetan Language Institute in 1996 and is the president and executive director of TLI, an educational 501(c )(3) organization. In 2007, David was appointed an acharya by Gochen Tulku Rinpoche.

What Anam Thubten Rinpoche has to say about David Curtis


TLI sells a complete line of excellent learning materials that have been tried and tested over our 16 years of teaching which have proven to be outstandingly effective (What students have said about TLI Materials).

We offer a graduated course for learning Tibetan. By following this system of study, the student will gain a firm foundation in the language. Ours is a system that is user-friendly, Dharma-oriented, and it works.  

The most helpful place for both those interested in textual and colloquial Tibetan is to work through the materials found in the Level I Package.  These study materials allow for a firm and thorough understanding of the basics of the Tibetan language in a relatively short time compared with other textbooks, especially when enhanced by the DVD of the Level I Course.

Beginning Classical Tibetan
Intermediate: Grammar and Syntax
Reading Package I: 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva


Beginning Language Materials Books with English and Tibetan
Level I and II Package Bundle Dharma Materials (Books and DVDs)
Buddhist Books and DVDs for Beginners Books about Tara
Books about Sadhanas Books written by HH the Dalai Lama
Books about Tibetan Medicine Works on Tibetan Culture
Books about Dzogchen and Mahamudra Books about Tibetan Philosophy
Books about Tibetan Teachers Books about Tibetan Language and Literature
Women's Studies Books Books on the Heart Sutra
Art of Tibet  

Articles written by David Curtis about the Tibetan Language

Free Study Aids


Take your involvement with the Dharma to the next level: call or email us today to talk about self study, private tutorials over the telephone with David Curtis or attending one of our seminars.

Telephone Lessons
Virtual Group Teleconference Courses: Free Intro to Tibetan Course, Level I Course, Level II Course, Level III Course
, Heart Sutra Reading Course 

Workshops and Seminars
: Intro to Buddhism Classes in MT

Calendar :
List of Past Seminars' Locations
Articles about Past Seminars
Photo Gallery about Past Seminars
Organizing a Workshop/Seminar in Your Area

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