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11 years Ka-Ter Translation Project

Tibetan Language Course and Training for Translators from Tibetan




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 has been organizing trainings for Translators from Tibetan. Starting from 2010 we have divided the course into three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced.


In summer 2013 the Shang Shung Institute will offer already the eleventh training at Merigar, Italy. Dr.  Fabian Sanders from the University of Venice will again be the instructor.



Beginner’s course

This course is open to everybody who is interested in learning Tibetan, no specific requirements are necessary for participation. It is designed to teach the basics of the language starting from the alphabet and pronunciation up to and including all the basic grammatical features. 

The beginner's course will last for one week, ever day from 9am - 1.30pm and from 4.00 - 5.30pm.

From 5.30pm - 6.30pm there will be a workshop on Tibetan calligraphy led by Giorgio Dalorto.

Course fee: € 200.00 

Food and accommodation are not included in the course fee. All participants are requested to individually book their stay in the area of Merigar, and are advised to do so early.



Intermediate and Advanced Course

These courses will be held in a sequence of three days of work and one day of relaxation. For example Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday could be working days for courses on all three levels while Thursday would be free. Friday, Saturday and Sunday could be working days for courses on all three levels with Monday being free, etc.   


1. The intermediate Course

This course is open to all those who have participated to a beginner’s course, directly or online, or have otherwise acquired the basics of reading/writing and grammar. The main work during this course will be focused on the translation of a selection of texts of different styles. Participants will work three hours in the morning and two in the afternoon session, individually or in small groups, and from 12am – 1pm and 4.30-5.30pm they will discuss and explain their translation with the instructor and the participants in the advanced course.

Course fee: € 120.00 

Food and accommodation are not included in the course fee. All participants are requested to individually book their stay in the area of Merigar, and are advised to do so early.


2. The Advanced Course

The participants of the advanced course will read a few lines each in turn and translate them without having prepared them in advance. The translation and all the issues related will be discussed with the other participants and the teacher. The resulting translations should then be published.

Course fee: € 70.00. 

Food and accommodation are not included in the course fee. All participants are requested to individually book their stay in the area of Merigar, and are advised to do so early.



Dr. Fabian Sanders 

After studying for more than twenty-five years the languages and cultures of China, India and Tibet in both academic and traditional ways Fabian teaches Tibetan Language and Culture at the Universita` Ca` Foscari in Venice. He has also been teaching language and translation courses for the International Shang Shung Institute for many years.




Like in the last years the courses or trainings of the Ka-Ter Tibetan Language Project will take place at the Shang Shung Institute Merigar, Italy.



How to participate

All courses or trainings with its three levels takes place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere so, in our opinion, this is a wonderful opportunity for all those who wish to learn or further their understanding of the Tibetan language.

In order to be able to participate in this training one has to be a member of the Shang Shung Institute in 2013. The membership-fee and the course-fee have to be sent to the Shang Shung Institute Austria latest until the end of June 2013.

Everybody needs to register first. Without registration and a valid membership we cannot accept students wishing to participate.

Please send your data to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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