Learn Tibetan On Your Own With TLI Study Materials
“Buddhism is a source of wisdom not just a set of rituals to be performed in the temple. Use it to transform your mind. If you want to make its knowledge part of your life, you need to study. Keep up your studies of Tibetan language…and try to read the scriptures.” — The 14th Dalai Lama to Westerners
Once you know how to read the script, you can then go on to acquire a basic Dharma vocabulary in Tibetan, which is so useful in becoming a better-educated Dharma practitioner. The following are some great resources you can use in starting your journey to learn Tibetan.
Learn to Say the Tibetan Alphabet
Download the sheet with the Tibetan letters to follow along while David explains the alphabet:
Then practice repeating the alphabet after David.
Learn Your First Vocabulary
Download the single-syllable Tibetan words printout (PDF).
Watch David point out the single-syllable Tibetan words.
Practice Writing the Tibetan Alphabet
Memorize the script by writing it. Be sure to follow the stroke order. Download these helpful study aids:
Tibetan Alphabet Calligraphy Guide (PDF)
Calligraphy Paper (PDF)
Going Farther into Tibetan
Order TLI’s Beginners’ Package (all the study tools you need to make good progress in Tibetan).
Review study suggestions for Lesson 1 (for students who already have TLI’s Beginners’ Package).
Register for a free one-hour Introduction to Tibetan lecture.
Register for the Level I Course.
Check out TLI’s Tibetan Language Resources.
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