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Thupten Jinpa was born in Tibet in 1958. He received his early education and training as a monk at Zongkar Chöde Monastery in South India and later joined the Shartse College of Ganden monastic university, South India, where he received the Geshe Lharam degree. He taught Buddhist epistemology, metaphysics, Middle Way philosophy and Buddhist psychology at Ganden for five years. Jinpa also holds B.A. Honors in Western Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, both from Cambridge University, UK.

Since 1985 he has been a principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama and has traveled extensively in this capacity. He has translated and edited more than 10 books by the Dalai Lama including Healing Anger, Dzogchen, Path to Bliss, The World of Tibetan Buddhism, The Good Heart: The Dalai Lama Explores the Heart of Christianity, and the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium. His own works include numerous contributions to various collections and academic journals and several works in Tibetan language. His latest works are Tibetan Songs of Spiritual Experience (co-edited with Jas Elsner), and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought: Tsongkhapa's Quest for the Middle View.

From 1996 to 1999, he was the Margaret Smith Research Fellow in Eastern Religion at Girton College, Cambridge University, UK. At present he is the president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics in Montréal, Canada, and the editor-in-chief of the translation project The Library of Tibetan Classics, being developed by the Institute. He is on the advisory board of various educational and cultural organizations such as the Mind and Life Institute (USA), The Orient Foundation (UK & India), The Meridien Trust (UK), Global Ethics and Religion (USA), and Manjushri Buddhist Online Community. He lives in Montréal with his wife and two young daughters.

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   * Consciousness at the Crossroads (co-translator)
   * Healing Anger (translator)
   * Path to Bliss (translator)
   * Dzogchen (co-translator)
   * The Union of Bliss and Emptiness: Teachings on the Practice of Guru Yoga (trans.)
   * Champion of Compassion (narrator)

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Key Buddhist texts translated by Thupten Jinpa for free download

The following key Tibetan and Buddhist texts translated by Thupten Jinpa are being made freely available for students, practitioners and teachers. Please note that these translations are copyrighted and are for personal use only. Please consider making a donation to the Institute of Tibetan Classics projects if you make use of these resources.

Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning by Nagarjuna

Hymn to the Buddha, the World Transcendent by Nagarjuna

Commentary on the Awakening Mind by Nagarjuna

A Garland of Views Attributed to Padmasambhava

Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa

In Praise of Dependent Origination by Je Tsongkhapa

Songs of Experience on the Stages of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa

Root Verses on Classical Indian Philosophies by Jamyang Shepa

Recognizing My Mother: A Song on the View of Emptiness Cankya Rolpai Dorje

A Song on the View Opening the Eyes to Suchness by Gungthang Tenpai Dronmé

Prayer for the Long Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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