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Tibetan Language Instructional DVD's

       DVD of the Level I Course

       DVD of the Level II Course (Official "Bootleg" Version)

       Divine Tree Commentary

       DVD of the Level II Course (Summary Version)

       Level I and Level II Packages Bundle

Introduction to the Tibetan Language - Level I Workbook

Teaches reading and writing Tibetan uchen script, basic vocabulary, and Tibetan dictionary usage in ten lessons with a complete set of homework exercises. Table of Contents. Designed as part of a complete course for beginners (Beginnners/Level I Package). This book has been widely used with great success.


Tibetan Flash Cards - Level I and II

These Flash Cards are being used by students all over the world to learn basic Tibetan vocabulary. They contain all of the carefully chosen vocabulary words from both the Level I and II manuals (over 250 words). Featuring the Tibetan word on one side of the card with its spelling, pronunciation, and English equivalent on the other side, they are a highly effective way to learn vocabulary. Fun and easy to use!


DVD of Level I Course

The Level I  Workbook can now be enhanced by a DVD of the Level I Course. David Curtis's highly successful course on learning to read Tibetan, condensed into a three-hour presentation, in a studio-recorded 2 DVD set. This is a wonderful study aid for those who need to review the Level I course or for those who are unable to attend the course.


Introduction to the Tibetan Language - Level I CD (Two CD Set)

This CD features David Curtis spelling and reading all of the Tibetan words found in the Level I manual. The CD format makes study and review easy. It is designed to be used with the Level I Workbook, DVD, and Flashcards to help beginners learn correct pronunciation of the words and letters, and to make learning the vocabulary easier.


Introduction to the Tibetan Language - Level II Workbook

Teaches the fundamentals of Tibetan grammar including word formation, basic sentence structure, and 150 vocabulary words in ten lessons with a complete set of homework exercises. Table of Contents. Designed as part of a complete course for the beginning/intermediate learner (Level II Package)


Introduction to the Tibetan Language - Level II CD (Two CD Set)

Author David Curtis slowly spells and reads all of the Tibetan words found in the Level II book. Easy way to acquire vocabulary.


DVD of the Level II Course: Summary Version

On this two and a half hour DVD, David Curtis teaches Introduction to Tibetan Language, Level II. Being able to see the words and sentences written out on a white board as the grammar is explained makes this new material much more accessible.  This unique presentation is an invaluable aid for students serious about enhancing their study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism by learning to read Tibetan.


Official "Bootleg" Version of the Level II Course (5 DVD set)

A 5-disc DVD set of David Curtis teaching the entire Level II Course at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. This course is based on the manual Introduction to Tibetan Language, Level II. It is a live, unedited, homemade film made with a hand-held camera.

 The program presented here is extremely extensive. It includes a very detailed review of the Level I manual and course and then goes on to a thorough presentation of the Level II Course. The formation of words, phrases, and sentences is carefully presented. Dozens of sentences are dissected identifying syllable by syllable the various parts with a complete explanation of their grammar.


Dharma Vocabulary Flashcards

These flashcards contain the essential vocabulary for studying the Dharma in Tibetan, as well as the vocabulary used in all the teachings, practice texts, and philosophical works.Contains 371 words, beautifully and legibly printed. Each card has a word in Tibetan on one side, with its spelling, pronunciation and English equivalent on the reverse.

Share these cards with your Tibetan friends who are learning English...fun for you and for the as you both acquire important and meaningful vocabulary.

Level 3 Manual

NEW!  Introduction to the Tibetan Language -      Level III Workbook

In Level III, students continue their journey into the wonders of Tibetan language, gradually increasing familiarity with its vocabulary and grammar. Level III will begin with a look at noun formation and then turns to more in-depth study of particles.

The manual is divided into 5 sections: grammar, vocabulary, a Tibetan-to-English glossary, an English-to-Tibetan glossary, and a homework section. Table of Contents.  Designed as part of a complete course for the beginning/intermediate learner

New! Tibetan Flash Cards - Level III

These Flash Cards have been designed to help students continue to build their vocabulary in Tibetan. Learn the carefully chosen 212 vocabulary words found in the Level III Workbook. Featuring the Tibetan word on one side of the card with its spelling, pronunciation, and English equivalent on the other side, they are a highly effective way to learn vocabulary. Fun and easy to use!


Tibetan Language Reader: Part 1 (2nd Edition)

A wonderful collection of various short prayers and verses designed to provide reading practice for beginning students who are working with the Level II book and who have learned to read the Tibetan u-chen script and use the dictionary. The workbook contains a series of short, easy-to-understand liturgical texts common to many Buddhist lineages found in Tibet.  Each brief text is self-contained and the selections are representative of Classical Tibetan literary style. 

 In addition, a set of Translation Worksheets is included for students’ use with each selection.  These are designed to facilitate making notations when parsing texts for vocabulary and syntax as part of the development of rudimentary translation skills. Also found are a student translation of the texts plus a line-by line glossary.

See Table of Contents, sample workbook page, and glossary sample.

Enhance your understanding of the Dharma by reading in Tibetan many of the prayers you may already be familiar with. Many of our students have found this a transformative experience.



New! Tibetan Language Reader: Part 2

The Tibetan Language Reader, Part 2 is designed to help you continue your study of the transcendent and beautiful Dharma language of Tibet. With translation, interlinear translation pages, Tibetan-only pages, and glossary—this reader will both inspire you and help you understand prayers and texts in Tibetan.
The glossary has a lot of never-before-presented information about verbs, a missing ingredient for many students. This new workbook will allow students to take their understanding of Tibetan to a new level, focusing on reading prayers that many may be very familiar from personal practice. There are also excerpts from essential texts of the Tibetan tradition such the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva and Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva.

See TL Reader, Part 2 Table of Contents.


Divine Tree Translation Suite

A suite of materials designed to assist students in learning the rules of Tibetan grammar.

Translation Workbook: The Divine Tree is a ninety-nine line Tibetan mnemonic grammar poem which teaches the basic rules of Tibetan grammar in Tibetan. This book comes with English translation, notes, and glossary. Essential.

The Divine Tree Commentary (by Acharya Tenpa Negi): This book is a  summary of Tibetan grammar notes made during a superb course on the Divine Tree, taught by the great modern grammarian and scholar Acharya Tenpa Negi at Samye Ling in Scotland in May 1984. A true help in understanding the grammatical mysteries of the Tibetan particle system. See the Divine Tree Commentary Table of Contents and its sample pages.

Divine Tree CD: This features the entire text read slowly section by section by David Curtis. Each line is repeated several times to make study and memorization easy.

Divine Tree Grammar Poem Reading/Translating Course starting March 2009


Jewel Ornament of Liberation Chapter 1, "The Cause" Workbook

The entire Tibetan text from the chapter explaining Buddha nature, laid out for ease of translation and note taking, with just 4 lines of Tibetan per page. Table of Contents.


Heart Sutra Translation Workbook (2nd Edition)

The Heart Sutra contains Buddhism's most direct, most succinct teaching about the true nature of our own being and of all reality. These subtle and easily misunderstood teachings lie at the very heart of all Buddhist wisdom, and a thorough understanding of them is essential for attaining what the Dalai Lama calls "an unmistaken view of reality"--a view that brings about true liberation from the source of all suffering.

This text workbook allows the student to get to what HH the Dalai Lama calls  "the essence of the essence of Buddhism." Re-edited to include English translation, workbook, interlinear translation pages, reading in Tibetan practice pages, line-by-line glossary, and helpful appendices.

Heart Sutra Flashcards are designed to go with this workbook.

Heart Sutra Flashcards

Tibetan Buddhist vocabulary including nearly 200 words from the Heart Sutra. The terms are arranged to follow the glossary section of the new edition of the Heart Sutra Translation Workbook (above).

These cards make it easy to learn important terms as you progress through the text. See example card.


37 Practices Translation Workbook (2nd Edition)

Contains the entire Tibetan text, with English translation on facing pages. Formatted for ease of translation and note taking, with only four lines of Tibetan per page. An excellent resource for developing translation skills. Includes the 37 Practices Glossary, a companion to the Translation Workbook. This is a line-by-line glossary of 338 words. An excellent aid to reading this text in Tibetan.

See Free Study Aid: Verse 9 of the 37 Practices Workbook, with Glossary


The Way of the Bodhisattva: Ch. 1, "The Excellence of Bodhicitta" by Shantideva: Translation Workbook

The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhisattvacharyavatara in Sanskrit) 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. Composed in the 8th century, this text becomes richer and richer with each reading--it combines those rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth, and poetical beauty.

Way of Bodhisattva: Chapter 3

NEW!    The Way of the Bodhisattva: Ch. 3, “Fully Adopting Bodhicitta” by Shantideva: Translation Workbook.

The Way of the Bodhisattva remains one of the most revered texts of all the Tibetan Buddhist schools. Chapter 3 directly addresses how to cultivate a mind wishing to benefit others (bodhicitta).
The 14th Dalai Lama has written “…transforming the mind and cultivating a positive, altruistic, and responsible attitude are beneficial right now. Whatever problems and difficulties we may have, we can thereby face them with courage, calmness, and high spirits. Therefore, it is also the very root of happiness for many lives to come.”

This workbook contains the Tibetan text of the Way of the Bodhisattva, Chapter 3, translation worksheets, reading practice sheets, glossary, and a Tibetan Parsing Tool, plus an appendix on particles and one on phrases, idioms, and contractions.
P'a Damp Manual

NEW!   P'a Dampa Sangye's Advice to the People of Ding Ri. Translation Workbook, Part 1.

P'a Dampa Sangye (d. 1117) was a great Indian Buddhist master who travelled several times to Tibet and China. Part of the Mahasiddha tradition, he was one of the profound Tantric masters who played a significant role in transplanting the Dharma from India to Tibet and Bhutan. He is famous for transmitting the Chö Tradition to Machig Labdrön, as well as the Pacificaiton of Suffering ( Zhijay) Tradition.

P'a Dampa lived and taught in the area of Ding Ri, a Tibetan village. Milarepa also spent time in the Ding Ri area, and the meeting of the two masters is recorded in The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa.

Our text is P'a Dampa's final teaching to his students in Ding Ri. Revered for nearly a thousand years by lamas and practitioners, his teaching contains practical and profound advice that still speaks to us today.Example page

The workbook contains the English translation, workbook pages for the student, an interlinear translation, and reading practice pages.
Tara Workbook

NEW!   Prayer to Tara, Dispeller of the Eight Fears Translation Workbook.
This Translation Workbook focuses on an excerpt from a prayer to Tara written by Gendun Drupa who posthumously became known as the First Dalai Lama. The original work is entitled Praise to the Venerable Lady Khadiravani Tara (legs dris ma in Tibetan).
Tara is known as she that saves from the Eight Great Fears. Gendun Drupa’s approach here is enlightening, bringing out the twofold nature of the fears—their outer aspect of lions, elephants, and so on, and their inner aspect, that is, the mental defilements that they represent. Enjoy reading and translating these verses from the tantric dimension of Tibetan Buddhism.

The workbook contains the English translation, workbook pages for the student, an interlinear

Selected Oral Instruction Text: Translation Workbook

Selected oral instruction texts in Tibetan written down through centuries by a series of great masters, including Longchenpa, Dodrupchen III, Patrul Rinpoche, Jigme Lingpa, and Dakpo Tashi Namgyal. Tibetan text only.


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