Certificate Course in Tibetan Language - Basic

(This programme will be conducted in online mode.)

Programme details for Academic year 2024-25:

Commencement Date: 19th July 2024
Days: Fridays and Saturdays
Timing: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm 


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 source 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 focus on teaching fundamentals of Tibetan Language to equip students with reading and writing of Tibetan script. Apart from script, grammatical and linguistic features of Tibetan language will be discussed throughout the programme.

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Key Information


HSC or equivalent examination (e.g. 10+2)


Teaching-learning occurs primarily in lecture format.



Tibetan Grammar & Comprehension

Learning Tibetan script

Introduction to case endings

Introduction on particles

Introduction to types of tenses and speaking and reading practice


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:
  • Read and write Tibetan script fluently
  • Comprehend the grammatical and linguistic features of the Tibetan passage

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