Classical Tibetan beginner

The following courses will take place in the Belgian Academy for Ancient and Oriental Language Studies (ABELAO)

Classical Tibetan beginner

From Sunday, 3 August, to Thursday, 14 August, 2014

Classical Tibetan I: Beginners Level

This intensive course aims to introduce students to the basic principles of the classical Tibetan grammar. It is particularly intended for those who wish to read the Tibetan translations of the words of the Buddha and of the classical Indian commentaries thereon, as well as the many treatises on Buddhist philosophy and contemplation by indigenous Tibetan masters.
This course consists of a presentation of the so called dbu-can script (pronounced as ouchan) and of the classical Tibetan syntactic structure, as well as of an introduction to the various case particles. In addition, the students will learn the basic vocabulary and will do translation exercises in order to prepare to read classical texts.
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RIFF Workshop – Tibet

RIFF Luxembourg invites you to discover Tibet during their next workshop. Join us for this great event!

When: 5 March 2014 @ 6.30 p.m
Where: CarréRotondes
1, Rue de l’Aciérie
L-1112 Luxembourg

This event is organised in collaboration with Centre Culturel Tibétain.

Tickets are available through


Spring Retreat 2014 : The meaning of wisdom and devotion

Phuntsok Chö Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Rotterdam, organizes one week retreat which will be led by Lama Jigmé.

The topic of this year’s spring retreat is Wisdom and Devotion. With regards to wisdom, there are two levels of truth according to Buddhist teachings: relative and ultimate truth. How do we recognise and develop these?

How can their recognition be beneficial for our daily lives? Ultimate reality is obscured by conceptual thought and our dualistic mind. This gives rise to a relative and distorted perception of reality. With his unique sense of humour and ability to translate Buddhist teachings into a Western frame of thinking, Lama Jigmé will clarify this process and increase our understanding of the matter, enriching our practice. Focussing on others through devotion is also of great benefit for our lives. However, this is easier said than done. Throughout the teachings, Lama Jigmé will elaborate on the many benefits of generating devotion – both for ourselves and others – and he will explain the method of practicing this form of altruism.

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29/11/2013 – Lecture on “Inner Peace” in Centre socioculturel du Herrenwald (France)

“In our daily lives we often have stress, worries and fears. These emotions create discomfort and impede our ability to achieve a stable and happy life. So how can we deal with this? Through meditation it is possible to find a stable point of inner peace. We may not be able to directly solve all problems but we can learn to accept or let go of things with a relaxed attitude. Then we can enjoy the current moment in any situation.”

The lecture will be given by Lama Jigmé. It will be followed by the meditation and a question and answer session.

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Address: Centre socioculturel du Herrenwald,
Route d’Adelange
57380 Faulquemont (France)

Seminar: Reading Tibetan Buddhist Texts

This seminar, which will be led by Dylan Esler (Institut Orientaliste, Université catholique de Louvain) and will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve from January to May 2014, will be devoted to the reading and translation of Buddhist texts in classical Tibetan. The texts to be studied this year are the rGyal-sras lag-len (“37 Bodhisattva Practices”) of Thogs-med bzang-po, and the Bodhicaryāvatāra of Śāntideva in Tibetan translation, ch. 1 and 2.

This seminar is intended for students of Buddhism having already garnered a basic knowledge of classical Tibetan grammar. The seminar will enable them to deepen their knowledge of Tibetan grammar and Buddhist philosophy and to hone their skills in translating this type of texts.

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