As Buddhism comes to the West experienced translators play an essential role. They must understand the dharma (teachings) in their original language and then have a skillfull command of a second language. Much wisdom is found in translation.
Thupten Jinpa spent many years as a dedicated monk who then went on to earn a PhD at Cambridge. His profound ability to understand Buddhism has allowed him to serve the Dalai Lama as his main English language translator and to be an integral part in sharing the universal teachings of the Buddhadharma.
Thupten Jinpa’s story is one of integration and bridge-building between worlds, ideas and communities. As a scholar, translator and author, his life and work are dedicated to service, compassion and greater understanding.