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Tibetan Beginners Level – January – With Ana Stoliarova
From Tuesday, 7. January 2020
To Thursday, 16. January 2020
Tibetan Beginners Level – January – With Ana Stoliarova


Tibetan alphabet and basics of pronunciation
Tibetan alphabet and basics of pronunciation


This course at the same level as the December Beginners Course. It is being run twice to reach more people. 

Requirements for participation

Anyone can participate, however it is good to have some familiarisation with the alphabet.


The curriculum will entail:

  • alphabet: logic, pronunciation and calligraphy
  • reading rules
  • basic spoken grammar
  • simple everyday phrases.


You will be able to:

  • read any Tibetan texts, recite your favourite prayers and daily practices without relying on transcription
  • engage in simple everyday conversations with Tibetans
  • establish a good basis in colloquial and literary Tibetan for further learning.


Anastasia Stoliarova was born in Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Anastasia graduated from Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program in 2014, and worked as resident translator for the first year of Basic Programme at Root Institute in 2016. She now serves as a Tibetan language teacher at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy and gives short intensive courses in Russian and English languages around the world.


Tue 7 – Fri 10 Jan  
9:00 am – 12.00 noon Morning class (with tea break)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Afternoon class
Sat 11 Jan Break day
Sun 12 – Thu 16 Jan  
9:00 am – 12.00 noon Morning class (with tea break)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Afternoon class

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.

To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.

  • Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.

  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.

  • Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.

  • Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.

  • Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.

  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.

  • Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.

Please be aware:

  • * The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

  • Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden and, due to our commitment to following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and supporting his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.