Tibetan Grammar Package


Having completed the Introduction to the Tibetan Language – Level II Workbook, you are now ready to go deeper into how Tibetan sentences are structured. 


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

  • A traditional Tibetan work, The Divine Tree Grammar Poem Translation Workbook: The Essence of Thonmi Sambhota’s Treatise in Thirty Verses. The Divine Tree is a 99-line Tibetan mnemonic poem which teaches the basic rules of Tibetan grammar. Learn it by heart using the accompanying CD.
  • 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) meant to enhance the student’s understanding of the grammar.


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. 

Additional information

Weight 74.6 oz
Dimensions 11.5 × 9 × 2.25 in

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