Certificate Course in Tibetan Language

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Date of commencement: 12th August 2022
Days and timings: Fridays and Saturdays; 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

The study of the Tibetan language is important for students of Buddhist Studies, as it is the language of the Buddhist canon in Tibet and in the Himalayan regions. As is well-known, the translations preserved in the Tibetan canon, from Indic originals, contain not just scriptural texts and commentaries, but also texts on grammar, astronomy, linguistics, and medicine.

As a result, the study of the Tibetan language is of interest to a diverse group of people: for the student of Buddhist Studies these materials are an invaluable sources of knowledge of the Indian Buddhist tradition, including the development of schools and textual traditions; they also provide avenues for comparative study when read along with the early Chinese translations. Tibetan language is also a necessary skill for those engaged in the study of Himalayan culture. Basic level will teach the students fundamentals of Tibetan Language whereas intermediate and advanced levels will help them to become more proficient. Students have the option to choose between colloquial and classical Tibetan. Reading and comprehension occurs at higher levels of proficiency, while students are also introduced to principles of translation.

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Key Information


Basic Level:
  • HSC or equivalent examination (e.g. 10+2)
Intermediate Level:
  • HSC or equivalent examination (e.g. 10+2)
  • Basic level of Tibetan or equivalent examination
Advanced Level:
  • HSC or equivalent examination (e.g. 10+2)
  • Intermediate level of Tibetan or equivalent examination


Teaching-learning occurs primarily in lecture format.


The Centre for Buddhist Studies is the only institution offering Tibetan language programmes in the city of Mumbai.

Programme Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, a student will:

  • Will have a strong foundation in Tibetan grammar.
  • Read and translate simple passages from colloquial or classical texts.


Level I: Basic Level II: Intermediate Level III: Advanced
Tibetan Grammar & Comprehension Tibetan Grammar & Comprehension & translation Advanced Reading in Tibetan
Learning Tibetan script Option: Classical Tibetan  
Introduction to case endings Option: Colloquial Tibetan  
Introduction on particles    
Introduction to types of tenses and speaking and reading practice    

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