Thupten Jinpa

Thupten JinpaAdjunct Professor, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy

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. Honours 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 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has traveled extensively in this capacity. He has translated and edited more than a dozen books by the Dalai Lama including the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium (Riverhead, 1999), Transforming the Mind (Thorsons, 2000 ), and Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality (Morgan Road Books, 2005). Jinpa's own works include Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy and Mind Training: The Great Collection.

At present he is Visiting Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences. He also serves as President of the Institute of Tibetan Classics in Montreal, Canada, where he lives with his wife and two young daughters.


Buddhist epistemology, metaphysics, Middle Way philosophy, Buddhist psychology.


  • RELG 548 Indian Buddhist Philosophy 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


  • Mind Training: The Great Collection (Wisdom Publications 2005)
  • Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought (Curzon 2000)
  • Tibetan Songs of Spiritual Experience (Shambhala 2000)
  • Editor of many books by the Dalai Lama
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