1st April- 1st June, 2013 Timing is 9am-12 noon

8 weeks Tibetan Language Program

with Lopen Pema Longdrol

Basic Tibetan Language Course




This course introduces students to the basics of spoken, written, and reading of modern colloquial Tibetan. The fundamentals of Tibetan Language will be first introduced through reading the alphabet and combining letters to form Tibetan words. Basic sentence structure and vocabulary will be taught in order to familiarize students to simple phrases, reading, and conversation. The aim of this course is to introduce students to modern colloquial Tibetan through reading, writing, and simple conversation.


No previous experience in Tibetan language is required for this class.


Date:                           April 1, 2013– June 1, 2013




Monday – Friday       9:30 am – 12:00 pm (with a 30 minute tea break) - New lesson

                                    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm - Review and practice of the morning lesson                                                      and short exercises will be provided for homework.


Saturday                      9:30 – 12:00 pm (optional weekly review)


Sunday                        Holiday


Teacher:                      Lopon Pema Longdrol


Textbook:                    1) Modern Tibetan Language: Volume 1 – Library of Tibetan                                                          Works and Archives Publication by Lobsang Thonden

                                    2) Supplementary Materials such as from the Manual of Standard                                                  Tibetan by Nicolas Tournadre & Sangdu Dorje


 Textbook and supplementary materials can be purchased at the                                     

      Deer Park bookstore and office.




Lopen Pema Longdrol


Lopen Pema Longdrol is from east Bhutan. Lopen has been practicing the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism since the age of 10 when he joined Chokling Monastery in India as a monk. During his 4 year stay at that monastery, he learned about Tibetan culture, as well as to read and write the classical Tibetan language. In 1994, Lopen joined Dzongsar Institute. There he completed the Madhyama Diploma in 1998, the Shastri degree (Bachelor of Arts) in 2001, and Acharya degree (Master of Arts) in 2002. Lopen also taught some classes for at least one year at Dzongsar Institute.

In January 2004, Lopen joined the College of Higher Tibetan Studies located at Sarah, Dharamsala, India, where he studied more about Tibetan grammar, history, poetry, etc.

In September 2004, Lopen began teaching the monks at Chokyi Gyatso Institute, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s monastery in Dewathang, Bhutan. He was also the assistant principal of the Chokyi Gyatso Institute. 

In addition to these experiences, Lopen has taught in Brazil for 4 months in 2012 and has been teaching at Deer Park Institute since 2011.