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Thupten Jinpa: "The Art of Translating Buddhist Texts and Traditions"

When: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Graduate Students

Contact: Joshua Shelton  

Group: The Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Lecture Series

Category: Academic


Thupten Jinpa is a former Tibetan monk who holds the Geshe Lharam degree, as well as a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies, both from Cambridge University. Since 1985, he has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness. Jinpa’s own publications include works in Tibetan – especially as featured in two edited series, Bod kyi gstug lag gces btus (Library of Tibetan Classics) and Rgya gzhung gnad che bdam bsgrigs pod phreng (Selected Indian Buddhist Classics) – and English translations of classical Tibetan texts as well as books. His recent publications include Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows and Illuminating the Intent, the latter being a translation of Tsongkhapa’s exposition of Candrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way. Jinpa is the main author of CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training), an eight-week formal program developed at Stanford University and is a noted speaker on Buddhism and science dialogue, secular adaptations of mindfulness and compassion practices. He is a co-founder and president of the Compassion Institute, the Chair of Mind and Life Institute, founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, and an adjunct professor at the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. Jinpa lives in Montreal and is married with two daughters.

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