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Tibetan Language Course

Tibetan Language Course
(Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Level
and Basic Speaking Course)

This is an announcement for our new Tibetan language course, which will run from August 1 through November 30, 2012. Our first language course was held in September, last year, followed by a second one in January, this year. This will be the 3rd in the sequence. As in the past, Tibet House's Tibetan language teacher, Mr. Pema Chodak, a graduate of the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, will lead the course. The details of the course is given in the attached poster. The Tibetan language program is made possible through the kind generosity and support of Mrs. Jetsun Pema la, younger sister of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Launch of Tibetan Language Course:



Mr. Tempa Tsering, Representative of HH the Dalai Lama, Delhi, welcoming Tibetan Language Teacher, Mr Pema Chodak

Mr. Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi, welcoming Tibetan Language Teacher, Mr. Pema Chodak on the course launching day

At the request of many enthusiasts, Tibet House launched a Tibetan language course on September 23, 2011. The inaugural function was presided over by Mr. Tempa Tsering, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Delhi and Geshe Dorji Damdul, the Director of Tibet House. Mr. Pema Chodak, graduate of the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, was formally appointed as the teacher.To meet the needs of the aspirants, there are three levels of learning. Had it not been for Ama Jetsun Pema la, this dream of introducing a Tibetan language course at Tibet House would not have happened as spontaneously. Tibet House expresses deep gratitude to Amala for her kindness. Thanks also to TCV Head Office for their financial support for this project.



The first successful graduates of the first semester of Tibetan Language Course with Mr. Pema Chodak, Tibetan Language Teacher (2nd Right, Front Row)

The Tibetan Language Course started off with twelve students, all of whom were Indians, between the age group of 20 and 78, coming from different backgrounds. On the first day of his class, the teacher Pema Choedok asked the students why they chose to learn Tibetan Language. Most of the students answered that it is their responsibility to learn Tibetan since Indian culture and Tibetan culture are closely related. Mr. Choedak reports that he “realized that they have a lot of expectations from me, taking out time from their busy schedule to learn Tibetan under me. I felt honored to teach them and proud to be called Teacher by students like them.”

The Director of Tibet House, Geshe Dorji Damdul, suggested that casual conversation between the students and the staff members of Tibet House could be tried as a practical session. There were five practical sessions with the help of Tibet House staff members, which turned out to be a very effective pedagogic technique. In response to student feedback, the duration of the coursewas extended to the next semester. A small closing ceremony of the first semester had tea and refreshments, with students sharing their experience and some of them singing Tibetan songs.

Note: Please contact us regarding the Admission Form.