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.