A 2-hours online meeting every two/three weeks from 5-7pm (Italian time) in which we will focus on some parts of the Tibetan text of "The Precious Vase" by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

Do you wish to study Tibetan Dharma language online?

Join us! We will soon start a new cycle of lessons and guided translation focusing on selected excerpts from the "The Precious Vase" by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.The ‘Precious Vase’ is an ideal text for the study of Tibetan language. It features numerous quotes from a variety of classical texts linked by passages in modern literary Tibetan. The topics discussed are crucial in forming a fundamental basic vocabulary of buddhist terminology.

The Guided Translation of selected excerpts from the Precious Vase is an online course for all levels of students of Tibetan Language. Students need to be able to read Tibetan and must have basic knowledge of Tibetan grammar.

The first meeting, on September 17th, is a trial class open to everyone!

SEPTEMBER 17th, 5-7pm CEST
OCTOBER 2nd-16th 5-7 pm CEST, 30th 5-7pm CET
NOVEMBER 13th, 27th 5-7 CET

We will have a 2-hours online meeting from 5-7pm (Italian Time).
Our instructor, Fabian Sanders, will initially guide the translation for participants in order to show how it works. In the remaining time those of you who are interested may read a passage each, and then we will discuss and reach an understanding of the text from all points of view.

Write to [email protected] to register.

Please note that this is a Tibetan language course, not a Santi Maha Sangha course. Students need to be able to read Tibetan and must have basic knowledge of Tibetan grammar. The working language is English.


Fabian Sanders

Fabian Sanders has studied Asian languages, traditions and cultures extensively. In recent years he has concentrated on teaching classical Tibetan Language at university level and for the Shang Shung Foundation. He has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for more than twenty years. He is author of the volume "La Lingua Tibetana Classica" (Hoepli), the first classical Tibetan grammarbook in Italian. Read More

Terms & Conditions

General infos and packages

In our meetings we use an online platform called zoom.us . You need to download the free basic version in order to be able to follow. You will receive the link for the class one day before or in the morning of the day the meeting is scheduled. The one session option allows you to participate to one class of the 6 of the current cycle of lectures. Please write to [email protected] to receive the link for the lesson you have chosen. The six lectures option allows you to participate to all classes of the current cycle. You will receive all the links to participate and the links to watch the recordings. The links will be available for 2 weeks after the end of the cycle of lessons. Please write to [email protected] to confirm your payment.
Recordings Please be aware that we record the classes and we provide the recordings to allow students to review and study what we have done. All Intellectual Property Rights in the Course Materials, Online Courses and lectures by teachers are, and remain, the intellectual property of the School of Tibetan Language and Translation. You are not authorised to: copy, modify, reproduce, re-publish, sub-licence, sell, upload, broadcast, post, transmit or distribute any of the Course Materials without prior written permission.