Tibetan Grammar Package


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Having completed the Introduction to the Tibetan Language – Level II Workbook, you are now ready to go deeper into how Tibetan sentences are structured. Experience the joy of learning to read your texts and prayers in Tibetan!

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Classical Tibetan Grammar Demystified



Studying Classical Tibetan Grammar can lead students to a more profound encounter with Dharma teachings. 

Understanding grammar is key to working with Tibetan texts. When students have a foundation in spelling, vocabulary, and grammar, they can begin to read the sacred texts. 

Acquiring these fundamentals is an on-going process. As the Tibetans say, “Go gently,” but do keep going. It is a journey that becomes increasingly beautiful and meaningful as you go. 

This study package gives students tools to unpack much of the grammar found in Tibetan texts and prayers: 

  • The Divine Tree Grammar Poem Workbook.
    • TLI’s new 2nd edition of The Divine Tree Grammar Poem Translation Workbook: A Synopsis of Thonmi Sambhota’s Treatisse “The Thirty.” The Divine Tree is a 100-line Tibetan mnemonic poem which teaches the basic rules of Tibetan grammar. 
    • Included with the Workbook is Acharya Tenpala Negi’s Divine Tree Poem Commentary which elucidates topics in the text.
  • An excellent modern grammar textbook, John Rockwell, Jr.’s A Primer of Classical Literary Tibetan. This study tool has two volumes. 
    • Volume I: The Grammar which includes not only grammar but also much Dharma vocabulary and sentences geared toward Tibetan philosophy, Tibetan psychology, and Tibetan culture.
    • Volume II: The Reader. This includes short readings in Tibetan from Gampopa’s The Ornament of Precious Liberation (also known in the West as the Jewel Ornament of Liberation). This text can enhance the student’s understanding of Classical Tibetan grammar.

Additional information

Weight 76.6 oz
Dimensions 11.5 × 9 × 1.3 in

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