In response to students who could not attend this year’s course, Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe has kindly agreed to offer his Classical Tibetan language course in January 2018. This is an established, effective method for learning the Classical Tibetan language used in Tibetan Buddhist practice texts. It is based on building language skills up from small, simple blocks to complex structures. It begins with learning the writing system and progresses to words, phrases, sentences, and then complex sentences. Students learn the Classical Tibetan language used in practice texts, not modern spoken Tibetan.

Classes will be taught on San Juan Island, Washington, USA, and available online via Zoom.

Kurt SchwalbeDr. Kurt J. Schwalbe

Kurt has been reading about and practicing Buddhism since 1964. He took his BA in Philosophy and his MDiv in Old Testament and conducted his PhD field research in Nepal at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Everest region. He has taught Classical Tibetan language since 1974 in both the US and India. Most recently, in March 2017, Kurt taught a Heart Sutra Workship at Deer Park Institute in Bir, HP, India, for the third time, followed by his course in Classical Tibetan at Thosamling Institute in Dharamsala, HP, India.

Kurt has also taught numerous college courses in World Religions with an emphasis on Asian traditions. Kurt’s teaching style gives close attention to the text but always in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. He has been fortunate enough to take teachings with H.E. Jetsun Kushok Rinpoche at Sakya Kachod Choling.

Registration will open as soon as the exact dates are available. Send an email to to indicate your interest.