This course is oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature. It focuses on acquiring and developing reading skills. Interesting and important grammatical points will be explained in the context of specific passages. Students practice both reading aloud to learn the rhythms and feel of the phrasing of the language and train in the traditional discipline of jor- lo (sbyor klog) — “reading the connections.”

Prerequisites: Knowledge of the Tibetan alphabet, spelling rules, and a functional grasp of Tibetan grammar. Students are asked to translate a short passage from Tibetan to English to help the instructor determine their proficiency. Instructor’s permission is required.