Tsadra Foundation

Summer Tibetan Language Intensive

Sarah Harding’s students in the advanced track produced translations of the Third Karmapa’s famous aspiration prayer, the Chakchen Monlam, and you can see the featured student translations from the course here.

A group of students in Boulder will continue working with Sarah on the commentary with an aspiration to ultimately provide a polished translation.

Thank you to all the participants and everyone involved! We hope to see you all again for further study next year.

Study Tibetan with Sarah Harding, Jules Levinson, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen,

and other native Tibetan speakers in an intensive all-day, two-week course this summer!

When: August 13-25, 2018

Where: The University of Colorado, Boulder

Eaton Humanities Bldg 1610 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80302

This intensive two-week seminar aims to provide immersion in the language and thought processes of Tibetan in order to overcome barriers to understanding. Tibetan language acquisition comes from exposure to and practice with many facets of the language and culture. This course combines methods to develop skills in both written and spoken Tibetan and will help aspiring scholars, translators, and practitioners gain familiarity and eventually fluency in the language.

The course will include textual study and translation, communication and comprehension skills, reading practice, and translator research methods for those in the advanced or intermediate tracks. Tibetan faculty members and students will work together in classes while studying, sharing meals, and practicing. This approach will provide a supportive environment in which to develop students’ fluency in Tibetan. An immersive experience can give tremendous impetus to ongoing studies, and a chance to use and stabilize what students may already know.

We will offer three tracks depending upon how many students sign up.

    • Beginning Track: Reading & Grammar and basic colloquial class
    • Intermediate Track: Reading & Translating and colloquial class
    • Advanced Track: Reading & Translating (choice of daily interpretation class or colloquial as well)

Classes are capped at ten students.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

The intermediate course is now full, with a waitlist. There are still spots for the beginning and advanced classes. Register soon to reserve your spot!



Tuition includes lunch and dinner every day of the program. Working with these instructors is an incredible opportunity and special privilege. All of your tuition will go only to meals and to pay instructors, so we encourage you to consider the tuition an offering, but if you find yourself in financial need, work-study may be available.

In the case of cancellation, a full refund at the time of cancellation is possible until July 1. If there is a cancellation between July 2 and August 1, we'll refund 50% of the tuition you've paid. If you cancel after August 2, we will refund $100 of the original payment.

Questions? Please contact us at tibetansummerintensive@gmail.com.

Registration is Closed

Translating Buddhism from Tibetan

with Sarah Harding and Larry Mermelstein

See more at Shambhala Publications' website!