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Reading Tibetan Buddhist Literature (LAN 531 - fall semester)

This course is a continuation of the Nitartha Summer Institute course, LAN530. It is similarly oriented towards reading Tibetan Buddhist texts and literature, largely from the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions. This autumn we will be reading Je Gampopa’s ལམ་མཆོག་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་ཕྲེང་བ། The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path alongside Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche’s commentary ལམ་མཆོག་རིན་ཆེན་ཕྲེང་བའི་འགྲེལ་བ་ལམ་མཆོག་གསལ་བྱེད་ལེགས་བཤད་དོ་ཤལ། A Crystal Necklace of Excellent Explanations that Illuminate the Supreme Path: A commentary on [Lord Gampopa’s] Precious Garland of the Supreme Path. Class meetings are structured as a translation group. 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 confusion and insights of each participant.
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. Please plan to budget 3 to 4 hours of preparation time for each class.


If you are uncertain about your level, please contact the instructor, Mark Seibold at

Time: Tuesdays 6:00am-7:30am Pacific Time

Dates: Sept 12 - Dec 19, 2023



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, Mark Seibold teaching at Nitartha Institute.

Mark Seibold

Mark Seibold has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since the early 1980’s. At the inivitation of Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche he joined the Nitartha faculty in 2005 with the instruction to create a Tibetan language track. In 2016 he was authorized to teach the Core Curricum as well. His current projects include a collaboration with Lama Tsöndrü Sangpo, a Nyingma Lama in the lineage of Chatral Rinpoche, on a translation of the Padma Khatang, a famous text attributed to Yeshe Tsogyal that chronicles the life, teachings and enlightened activity of Padmasambhava, as well as several projects related to Tibetan grammar.


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