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Tibetan 2


Admission requirements

Tibetan 1 or equivalent knowledge of classical Tibetan


Classical Tibetan is the language of the two Tibetan Buddhist canons, containing more than four thousand texts which were translated mainly between 700 and 1300 CE, and the extensive literature that developed around that in Tibet in these and the following centuries. The course offers a theoretical introduction to and practical training of translating simple sentences in classical Tibetan. This course (sequel to Tibetan 1) offers further training in reading simple texts in classical Tibetan.

Course objectives

  • Good knowledge of and insight into the grammar of classical Tibetan.

  • Good knowledge of the basic vocabulary of classical Tibetan

  • Skills in translating simple sentences in classical Tibetan.


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Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course.

Course Load

Total course load (10 EC): 280 hours:

  • attending lectures (ca. 50 hours)

  • preparation for the lectures (ca. 150 hours)

  • reading and preparation for the exams (ca. 80 hours).

Assessment method

  • Mid term written exam (30%)

  • Final written exam (70%)
    re-sit 100%

A resit exam is possible only if the student participated in the first written exam and received an overall mark for the entire course of “5.45” or lower.
The course is an integrated whole. All categories must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.



Reading list

Hahn, Michael (Ulrich Pagel translator) 2005. A Textbook of Classical Literary Tibetan. London: SOAS (Lehrbuch der Klassischen Tibetischen Schriftsprache)_
Digital version.


Students are requested to register through uSis&, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and “Dutch:“

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


For more information contact, Dr. P.C. Verhagen