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Building on a foundation of the study of words, phrases and sentences in Tibetan, the student will begin to integrate material presented in the Level 1 course, learning how Tibetan works as a language. This course lays the foundation for the successful reading of Tibetan texts and participation in the Level III Reading Course.

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Tibetan Level 3 Course: Demystifying Dharma Tibetan

Registration for the Level 3 Course by pre-recording, starting Wednesday,  Spring 2024

Having completed the Level 2 Course, students can progress to the next stage in learning Classical Tibetan with the Level 3 Course.  With Lama David as your guide, discover more treasures of this profound and beautiful Dharma language.

This course is also an excellent review course for students in the Thursday Tibetan Language Reader Course using the new edition of the TL Reader, Part II (available in mid-August 2023). 

Course will be offered at this time if the minimum number of students register. 

A goal in the three first levels of language study with TLI is to prepare students to become readers of Tibetan literature by providing a clear exposition of some of the most important elements of Classical Tibetan.

In the Level 3 Course, students can:

  • Enhance their understanding of grammar and syntax, studying honorific nouns and various often-used Tibetan grammatical particles.
  • Expand their Dharma vocabulary (The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination and compound nouns, for example).
  • Enter the Wonderful World of Tibetan Verbs, being introduced to verb tenses in Tibetan.

Acquiring this knowledge empowers a Dharma student to go further into the exploration of the beauty, power, and inspiration of Tibetan texts and teachings.

Study materials sold separately. We recommend the Tibetan Level 3 Package. Please note: The Level III Package will include the TL Reader Translation Workbook, Part II newly revised edition available as of August 2023. 

During this course, students thrive if they plan to study Tibetan for 30 minutes per day.

Class Start Date: Spring 2024, date TBA
Duration: 10 Weeks
Hosted on: Classes available as pre-recordings on Dropbox (the week’s class uploaded each Wednesday), plus 2 to 3 “live” meetings with Lama David on Zoom.

Recordings and student folders will be available to students until Sept. 14, 2024.

Additional information


Tibetan Language Institute

How This Course Works

  1. Add this course to your cart.
  2. Purchase your study materials. We suggest the Tibetan Level 3 Package for this course,  but the Level 3 Workbook is all that is required.
  3. Check out and pay. You will receive a confirmation of your purchase, and then shortly before the class start date, a personal welcome email with course details.
  4. For the duration of the course, class video recordings, study guides, and homework keys will be made available to you each week as you progress through the course.

Required & Suggested Materials

The complete Tibetan Level III Package is intended to help students to thrive in the Level 3 Course. Some items will be used in later courses and be very useful for students in self-paced study. Items in the Tibetan Level III Package can be ordered separately.

Required Materials

Suggested Materials

Course Details

Being able to access this kind of course from the comfort of your home or when you are traveling is a great opportunity to continue to deepen your relationship to the Dharma.

Weekly Class Meetings, day & dates TBA

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM    Pacific Time

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM    Mountain Time

7:00PM – 8:30 PM     Central Time

8:00PM – 9:30 PM     Eastern Time

Course Instructor

The principal instructor at TLI is David Curtis. He has a university degree in Classical language. David began his Dharma studies in 1980, traveling in 1984 to receive teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama. He lived and trained at Kagyu Ling in France, in 1992 completing the traditional Tibetan Three-Year Retreat in meditation, yoga, and philosophy. Subsequently, David has sought teachings from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1993 he began teaching the Tibetan language to students in Los Angeles.  Many Rinpoches from Kagyu and Nyingma lineages have encouraged him to teach Tibetan and guide others in their meditation practice. As a teacher and author, Lama David established the nonprofit Tibetan Language Institute in 1996 and is its president and executive director.

Lama David combines his linguistic skills with a practitioner’s knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism. In 2007, Gochen Tulku Rinpoche (Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche) awarded him the title of Acharya (master teacher). For more information.

What Students Say about the Level 3 Course:

 Lama David is an outstanding teacher of classical Tibetan. He is passionate and joyful about this intense language, and shares such helpful tips that only a lifelong language expert in Tibetan would know. I learned so much, got fired up to learn more, and have broadened my understanding of Tibetan and especially the Tibetan form of Buddhism. I cannot recommend this course highly enough! – Julie T.

So many other Tibetan Language education classes are either unapproachable or only emphasize everyday conversational skills. The Classical Literary Tibetan is required for those dedicated to formation in Tibetan Buddhism…The instructions from Lama David provide a complete overview and lay the groundwork for second language acquisition in Tibetan pecha literacy. –Jane S. 

Studying Tibetan language with Lama David Curtis is like being handed a golden key that allows access to the original meaning in practice and texts. Comprehension is easily attainable through study of the clear, concise materials and with the joyful encouragement from the Tibetan Language Institute people.—Sandra B.


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