My love for Tibetan learning grows more deeply 

-Tran Thi Lan Anh, from Vietnam

As my Root Lama is Tibetan, it was my long-time wish that one day I can speak Tibetan directly to him. By time, this wish has drawn me closer and closer to the official journey of learning the language with RYI.  

The more I learn the more I have interest and respect for this language. 

It is said that when you really learn a new language, you also learn a new culture. I have been increasingly revealed to Tibetan culture during the process of Tibetan language learning.  

Using honorific words for others and humble words for self-shows their attitudes of respect and humility. Furthermore, it is interesting to find out that Tibetan people do not often use “I’ in their communication, rather it is implied. It seems that the focus in communication is not on self and this tendency of omitting the word “I” in communication is also a sign of the humble attitude.  

Learning how people enjoy festivals and perform spiritual rituals also reveals their lifestyle. Simple way of living, connecting with others and with the environment seems to be a popular way of Tibetan people spending their holidays. They go outdoors in nature, enjoy meals and chat with one another. They can also sing and dance, and chant prayers.  

It is one of unique features that Tibetan people often do smoke offerings and hang Lungta (wind flags). As rooted in the culture of Buddhism, Tibetan people are grown up to be widely open minded, well wishing for others and kind to other beings and environment. When wind flags move by the wind or when smoke from burning incense powder flies up into space, it brings prayers, good luck everywhere, as perceived by Tibetan people.  

It is really a fortune for me to learn Tibetan in depth. 

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