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Tibetan Language at Indiana University

Roof of the World – Tibet!

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The average height of Tibet is 16,000 feet above sea level – higher than the highest peak in the Colorado Rockies. No wonder they call it the “Roof of the World.”

But even more amazing is that in this extreme environment live six million Tibetans. Nomads herd yaks, an animal so well adapted to mountains that it won’t even breed below 10,000 feet. Farmers cultivate the valleys, merchants cross rivers on legendary bridges of iron chain, and monks chant in the monasteries. Find out more about Tibet here.

Buddhist Land of Mystics – And Much More

We all know Tibet as the home of a mystic lamas, ruled by the Dalai Lama, a land isolated from the world. But Tibet’s civilization and history is much more than Kumbum chortenthat! During the Middle Ages Tibetan warriors built an empire from China to India to Central Asia. The Tibetan emperors who terrified Asia and adopted Buddhism are still remembered today.

Over the centuries Tibetan monks preserved and elaborated Indian teachings in Buddhist philosophy – but also history, medicine, grammar, and more. Mongol and Manchu emperors sought Tibetan lamas as tutors for them and their children and Tibetan monks became well know in the great cities of Asia.

Now whether under Chinese rule or in exile, Tibetans are trying to adapt their civilization to modern times. Learning Tibetan will make you part of that conversation!

One Script Brings Them All Together

For over 1,300 years Tibetan language has been written in the same script: learn it and you can understand Tibetan written anywhere, anytime!

Tibetan script

Indiana University is one of a handful of American universities that offer classes in the Tibetan language. We invite you to take advantage of a rare opportunity to learn a fascinating language that opens the door to one of the world’s most intriguing cultures. Learn more about our Tibetan classes here: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced.

More questions? Look through the web pages on the side-bar or contact us at Goodbody 157, 855-2233 or ceusug@indiana.edu.