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Summer School Colloquial Tibetan

Aug 08, 2014

The summer school Colloquial Tibetan organised by the Chair of Buddhist Studies was held at the Cluster/HCTS from August 4 to 27. Participants learnt the language as well as discovered a fascinating culture with a rich heritage.

The summer school offered an intensive language course which would develop the basic skills necessary for smooth communication. The focus lay upon the Central Tibetan dialect, knowledge of which would enable the participants to connect to a vast number of speakers in Tibet, as well as those in Tibetan communities in exile. The classes combined theoretical explanations with practical application. The course was based on Jonathan Samuels' textbook Colloquial Tibetan.

The principal teacher of the summer school was 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, was 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 Summer School was 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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  • Summer school participants in front of the KJC

  • Jonathan Samuels in class

  • Lobsang Chodak while teaching

  • Participants practicing language skills during the summer school