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Ka-Ter Translation Project:

Tibetan Language Weekends in 2016:

Guided translation of practice text with Prof. Fabian Sanders


Tibetan is a sacred language. It is a perfect recipient to contain and convey all of the Bon and Buddhist teachings. It is used by the practitioners of all related paths to explain the Doctrine and the Practice, to establish communication with subtle beings, to evoke the content of their visualizations, to proclaim the attainment of the fruit of practice and so on. The sheer beauty of the Dharma is mirrored by the clarity and imaginative creativity of the Tibetan language. For these and many other reasons the study of Tibetan language represents a crucial step towards a closer relation with the teachings and particularly with their practice.
As many people put it, it is a marvelous experience to be able to directly understand the words you are reciting during the practices; it cuts through the distance between the mind, the sound of the words and their actual meaning. Even more than that it is certainly very fulfilling to be able to follow Dharma teachings while reading the text on which they are based.
To give the possibility to the practitioners of the Dzogchen Community and others to begin and further the study of Tibetan language, the Ka-Ter project of the Shang Shung Institute Austria has been organizing various courses on Tibetan language.

Since 2015 the Shang Shung Institute Austria has successfully been offering various Tibetan Language Weekends. These Tibetan language Weekends can be either followed directly at Dzogchen Community Merigar West or online from anywhere per Skype in the form of a screen shared conference.

The Tibetan Language Weekends are an initiative of the Ka-Ter translation project of the Shang Shung Institute Austria. 



New dates for Tibetan Language Weekends from September - December 2016:

  • September 17-18
  • October 8-9
  • November 12-13
  • December 3-4


Venue: Merigar and skype/screen sharing conference (can be followed from anywhere)

Topic and purpose:
During these four courses we will read practice texts of the DC and translate word by word, extensively explaining the terminology, the grammar, the syntax and the structure of the text. Students will increase their knowledge of tibetan text and learn important terminology. Those who wish can attempt to read, analyse and translate sentences. In the next weekends we will study Samantabhadra's invocation (kun tu bzang po’i smon lam) and SMS Base Level practice texts.
Who can participate: 
Not only beginner students can join these Tibetan Language Weekends as we will emphasize more on guided translation. The focuses will be put on practice texts and not on the level of participants.
In order to be able to participate 
- one needs to have received the transmission of the practice from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
- one should know how to read and write Tibetan and have a basic knowledge of classical Tibetan grammar


  • All four Tibetan Language Weekends for members of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: 160.- Euro
  • One Tibetan Language Weekend for members of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: 49.- Euro
  • One Tibetan Language Weekend for non-members of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: 95.- Euro