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Why start a Tibetan language program in Namo Buddha?

Thrangu RinpocheOver the years, many people have asked Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche whether they could learn Tibetan in Namo Buddha, but up until now he has not had any program available and has always had to tell them to study elsewhere. For this reason, he has established this program so that students may learn Tibetan in the peaceful atmosphere of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery in Namo Buddha.

Namo Buddha, Thrangu Monoastery

Announcing the:


Summer 2020 Tibetan and Dharma Classes

Important Announcement: Due to the novel corona virus, our classes in Namo Buddha have been canceled for 2020 to protect everyone's health. We hope to resume with these courses in 2021, and regret the inconvenience.

May 3–June 25, 2020

  • Beginning Tibetan I
  • Beginning Tibetan II
  • Translation Workshop II
  • Foundations in Abhidharma II
Tuition for all classes is for free; students will be expected to pay for materials and accommodations only. If you are interested in applying for any class or have further questions, please contact us at

Accommodation rates:

Deluxe Single: NRs 82,500 (ca. US $725 at current rates)
Deluxe Double: NRs 60,500/person (ca. $530)
Basic Single: NRs 60,500 (ca. $530)
Basic Double: NRs 41,250/person (ca. $360)
Monastic: NRs 22,000 (ca. $195)
Students should also budget for travel between Kathmandu and Namo Buddha as well as for any incidental expenses. 

Course Descriptions

Beginning Tibetan I

This class will give beginning students a solid foundation in Tibetan language with a particular emphasis on developing reading and basic conversational skills. It is intended for people who have little or no prior knowledge of Tibetan. Students will also have the opportunity participate in pujas and other aspects of monastery life at the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery.
All students will have daily tutoring and conversation practice in pairs.

Beginning Tibetan II

A class for students who have completed our Beginning Tibetan I class in a previous year or who have an equivalent level of Tibetan. In this class, students will continue developing their conversational and written Tibetan, and also begin the formal study of Tibetan grammar and vocabulary. 
All students will have daily tutoring and conversation practice in pairs.

Translation Workshop II: Translating Prose

A workshop allowing new translators a chance to develop their written translation skills in particular. For the first six weeks, participants will translate short prose selections in a variety of genres, discussing the different translation issues that crop up in each text. In the last two weeks, students will have an opportunity to translate a final project, either from among the previous exercises or of their own choosing. The workshop will primarily focus on translation into English but will also allow for discussion of issues relating to translation into other languages as well. 
Candidates for admission will need to demonstrate a sufficient command of spoken and literary Tibetan as well as written English.
Taught by Khenpo David Karma Choephel. New students are welcome. 

Foundations in Abhidharma II: The World and Karma

In this second year of a multi-year course on abhidharma, students will receive teachings on chapters three and four of Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Abhidharma, “Teachings on the World” and “Teachings on Karma,” following the commentary by the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje entitled Youthful Play.  These chapters describe death and rebirth, the bardo, the links of interdependence, cosmology, the different types of karma, vows, and how karma is accumulated. Study of these topics is beneficial for both practice and study, and indispensable for translators. 
Taught by Khenpo David Karma Choephel. New students are welcome