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Summer School Colloquial Tibetan

25. Apr. 2014

The Chair of Buddhist Studies is hosting a summer school on colloquial Tibetan at the Cluster/HCTS from August 4 to 27, 2014. Participants will learn the language as well as discover a fascinating culture with a rich heritage. Interested students can apply until May 15.

The summer school offers an intensive language course which will develop the basic skills necessary for smooth communication. The focus will be upon the Central Tibetan dialect, knowledge of which will enable the participants to connect to a vast number of speakers in Tibet, as well as those in Tibetan communities in exile. Classes will combine theoretical explanations with practical application.

The principal teacher of the summer school is Jonathan Samuels (Geshe Sherab Gyatso), an instructor of Tibetan language of many years’ experience. He works at the Cluster as research associate and language teacher and is currently completing his PhD at Oxford University. The second teacher, Lobsang Chodak, born in Rebkong, Tibet, will be a conversation partner for the course. After his studies in Tibetan Buddhist doctrine at Ganden Monastery in South India he worked for Tibet Times and also acted as a tutor and conversation partner for various institutions.

The course programme of the summer school will run from Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 17:00. A reasonable knowledge of English is a prerequisite for prospective participants. They should also be familiar with the Tibetan sound and writing systems. The course will be based on Jonathan Samuels' textbook Colloquial Tibetan. Students are requested to obtain a copy of the textbook prior to entering the course. The fee for the course and the side program is 450 Euro.

For further information and to apply for the summer school, prospective participants should visit the following website:

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2014.

The Summer School is organised by the Chair of Buddhist Studies at the Cluster/HCTS, which is headed by Prof. Birgit Kellner and also includes Dr. Markus Viehbeck and Jonathan Samuels.

Further Information:

Summer School Website


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