The Tibetan Language Institute now offers packages of materials to further your study of the Tibetan language as a way to enhance your Dharma practice.


Laying the Foundation in Tibetan

Learning to Read Dharma Texts

Beginners/Level I Package

Tibetan Language Readers-Part I & Part II Bundled

Level II Package

Heart Sutra Reader/Translator Package

Level I & Level II Packages Bundle

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva Reader/Translator Package


Way of the Bodhisattva Reader/Translator Package

Level III Package

Essential Dharma Vocabulary Package

Level I, Level II, & Level III Packages-Super Bundle

Complete Flashcard Sets (4 sets)




TLI has a unique system of Tibetan study that blends Tibetan tradition with Western language learning insights. Our system has been developed by David Curtis and Deanna Curtis, western lamas trained in both Tibetan Buddhist dharma (graduates of the traditional three-year retreat) as well as in language and language teaching (graduates of Western universities).
We have continually refined our learning materials based on our two decades of teaching Tibetan to Western Dharma students.

If you are buying from outside the US, contact us first for a postal quote of shipping to your country. 


Beginners/Level I Package  

Get started in Tibetan! Learn to read & write the Tibetan script, basic vocabulary, and how to look up words in a Tibetan-English dictionary. Comes with audio CD for practicing lessons, beautiful flashcards, plus an instructional DVD. $185 plus shipping/handling.   

Level I Book
Level I CD
DVD of the Level I Course
Vocab Flash Cards
Tibetan Language Pre-primer
Tibetan-English Dictionary


Level II Package

You've learned to read the script, now take your Tibetan to the next level: Expand your vocabulary & begin learning how Tibetan works as a language.  Includes an instructional DVD explaining the topics. $155 plus shipping/handling.

Level II Manual
Level II CD
DVD of the Level II Course
Tibetan Reader, Part 1
Divine Tree Suite (Translation Workbook, Commentary, CD)


Level I and Level II Packages Bundle

A $44 savings when you buy the Level I and Level 2 Packages together. $315 plus shipping/handling.

Level I Package (see above)
Level II Package (see above)


Level III Package

Continue your journey into the wonders of Tibetan language. Level III will begin with a look at noun formation and then turn to more in-depth study of particles—those small words that allow you to unlock a Tibetan sentence. $110 plus shipping/handling.

     Level III Manual                                                                             
     Level III Flashcards 
     DVD of the Level III Course


Level I, Level II, and Level III Packages - Super Bundle

Get the complete first year study bundle. A $64 savings when you buy the Level I, Level II, and Level III Packages together. $415, plus shipping/handling


Tibetan Language Readers Package

Having completed the Level II Manual, the Tibetan Language Readers, Parts I and II workbooks allow you to begin to read and understand many common prayers recited daily by Tibetan Buddhists the world over. This is a transformative experience.

Translation worksheets allow you to make notations as you develop translation skills. Both workbooks come with excellent glossaries--Part II having a lot of never-before presented information about verbs, a missing element for many students. $60, plus shipping/handling.

     Tibetan Language Reader, Part I                                                                         
     Tibetan Language Reader, Part II


Heart Sutra Reader/Translator Package

The Heart Sutra Translation Workbook allows you to study what the Dalai Lama calls "the essence of the essence of Buddhism."

The workbook includes English translation, interlinear translation pages, reading in Tibetan pages, a line-by-line glossary, and helpful appendices. Flashcards allow you easily practice and learn the vocabulary. The Tibetan-English Dharma Vocabulary allows students to learn the Tibetan vocabulary for concepts introduced in the Heart Sutra, such as The 5 Skandhas and The Four Noble Truths. $75, plus shipping/handling. 

     Heart Sutra Translation Workbook, 2nd Edition  
     Heart Sutra Flashcards 
     Tibetan-English Dharma Vocabulary


37 Practices of Bodhisattvas Reader/Translator Package

The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas continues to be a core teaching of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and its message is both vital and inspiring for those trying to build a more compassionate world. This is a text which becomes richer and richer with each reading.

Designed for those who can read the Tibetan script and use the Tibetan-English dictionary, this package concentrates on grammar, vocabulary, and Dharma through study of this beloved text by Gyelsay Tokmay Zangpo. $81.95, plus shipping/handling.

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva Workbook, 2nd edition  
Dharma Vocabulary Flashcards
37 Practices of a Bodhisattva (Translated by Susan Fairclough)     


Way of the Bodhisattva Reader/Translator Package
Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara) is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience. The Dalai Lama has called this a favorite text, and it has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon for centuries, first in India, and later in Tibet. The TLI Workbooks give those who can read the Tibetan script an access to this venerated text.  $60, plus shipping/handling.

Way of the Bodhisattva: Chapter 1 Translation Workbook
Way of the Bodhisattva: Chapter 3 Translation Workbook


Essential Dharma Vocabulary Package

The Tibetan-English Dharma Vocabulary (as instructed by Kalu Rinpoche): this book is laid out so that you can easily learn essential topics that are heard often from Lamas and Rinpoches during Dharma talks. The Four Noble Truths, The Twelve Interdependent Links of Causation, The Four Obscurations, The Three Bodies of a Buddha plus much, much more. A treasure! 

The Tibetan Sadhana Vocabulary by Dr. Cathy Kielsmeier helps you learn the basic words that are found in seven common sadhanas or practice texts of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For those that can read the Tibetan script. $39 plus shipping/handling.

     Tibetan-English Dharma Vocabulary      
     Tibetan Sadhana Vocabulary


Flashcard Sets by TLI

Flashcards are a fun and easy way to learn vocabulary. TLI has 4 sets available, beautifully laid out with Tibetan on one side and English on the other. $160, plus shipping/handling.

     Level I & Level II Flashcard set
     Level III Flashcard set
     Dharma Flashcard set 
     Heart Sutra Flashcard set


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