• LAN 531 or equivalent

LAN 532

Continuing Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature

This course is a continuation of LAN530 and is similarly oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature, largely from the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions. The class is structured as a translation committee. Each student is given an opportunity to read a passage aloud and offer their translation to the group. Then we collectively analyze the translation and discuss difficult points of phrasing and grammar in the context of the specific passage. Through this process the entire group benefits from the insights and mistakes of each participant (including, at times, the instructor).

Time is also alloted to studying Tibetan grammar using a variety of sources, both traditional and modern. Opening and closing chants are done in Tibetan. Students are encouraged to practice the traditional discipline of jor-lo (སྦྱོར་ཀློག) — “reading the connections” as a way to learn how to spell in Tibetan, a very useful skill when working with native Tibetan scholars and speakers. Please plan to budget 3 to 4 hours of preparation time for each class.


  • LAN 530, LAN531, a similar Tibetan course at an accredited program, or consent of the instructor. Prospective students will be asked to complete an evaluation form.
  • If you have not taken LAN530 or LAN531 and are interested in this course, please contact the registrar at


  • None.


Students who took LAN 531 in the fall of 2021 will receive the registration link via email. If you have not taken the prior course please write to our registrar at .


Thursdays, 1月 19, 2023 - 5月 11, 2023, 6:00 am-7:30 am Pacific Time. No class on February 23, March 2 and March 9.



Nitartha’s Payment Plan and Financial Assistance (PPFA) program is funded by fellow students to support those who would not be able to attend the Institute’s courses without this assistance. To request aid, please fill out the PPFA application before you register for the course.


Buddhist teacher, Mitra Lee Worley teaching at Nitartha Institute.

Mark Seibold


Mark Seibold joined the Nitartha faculty in 2005. A student of both Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his son and dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, he is member of the Nalanda Translation Committee. An active member and teacher in the Shambhala community, he lives in Greenfield, MA with his wife, Elizabeth. He is currently collaborating with Lama Tsöndrü Sangpo on a translation of the Padma Khatang, The Chronicles of Padmasambhava. Attributed to Yeshe Tsogyal, the Chronicles recount the life, teachings and enlightened activity of Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, as he better known in Tibetan culture.