Divine Tree Grammar Poem Translation Workbook (2nd ed., 2021)


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The Divine Tree Workbook includes the famous 100-line Tibetan mnemonic poem  which teaches the basic rules of Tibetan grammar.

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This updated TLI workbook contains a synopsis of Thonmi Sambhota’s Treatise The Thirty by Yangchen Drupai Dorje (1809-1887), plus a commentary based on notes taught at a seminar by Acharya Tenpa-la Negi.

Divine Tree Grammar Poem is an easy-to-memorize 100-line Tibetan mnemonic poem that teaches the basic rules of Tibetan grammar. In short, it is an accessible guidebook to the world of Tibetan particles—a treasure map that helps make meaning out of Tibetan sentences.

If you find that Tibetan texts and prayers present a frustrating wall-of-syllables, this poem will help you figure out which words are subjects, adjectives, etc. Build on topics learned in the Level I Workbook and Level II Workbook. Students of Classical Tibetan need to learn to spot the particles in a Tibetan text and to separate them from bona fide words, as well as to learn what a given particle is telling about the meaning and function of the words it modifies in a given passage.

There is nothing quite like The Divine Tree Grammar Poem to help with this task. This workbookWe hope that this new edition will be a great aid to you in your own exploration of the wonders of Tibetan literature.


  • The Divine Tree Grammar Poem Workbook. This comes with English interlinear translation, notes, workbook pages, and various glossaries (Tibetan-English Annotated Glossary, List of Verbs, Topics & Particle Index, and more). Essential tool for Dharma students wanting to learn to read and understand their Tibetan prayers and texts.
  • The Divine Tree Commentary (by Acharya Tenpa Negi): is a summary of Tibetan grammar notes made during a superb course on the Divine Tree, taught by the great modern grammarian and scholar Acharya Tenpa Negi at Samye Ling in Scotland in 1984. Used in tandem with the Workbook, the Commentary uses example sentences to demystify Tibetan grammar particles.

Additional information

Weight 25.4 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .9 in

Tibetan Language Institute

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