Alex Berzin

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Date of Birth: 1944

Age: 71

Place of birth: Paterson

Citizenship: United States


Alexander Berzin, born in 1944 in the city of Paterson, NJ, received in 1965, a bachelor`s degree at the Department of Oriental studies at Rutgers University, in collaboration with Princeton University, in 1967 - a master`s degree, and in 1972 - a doctorate at the Department of Far Eastern Languages (Chinese) and Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard University. From 1969 to 1998. He lived mostly in India, in Dharamsala, initially as a Fulbright Scholar, studying and practicing with masters from all four Tibetan Buddhist traditions. His main teacher was Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, the late Master Debate Partner and Assistant Tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche passed away in 1983, reborn exactly nine months, was found and returned to Dharamsala at the age of four) . For nine years, Berzin was his interpreter and secretary, accompanying a few trips around the world. Sometimes he also served as interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Buddhist events.

One of the founders of the Translation Bureau of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Berzin has developed a new terminology for the translation into English of the Tibetan technical terms that were previously often misunderstood. Working with interpreters of many other languages, he has helped them to revise and develop its own terminology on the same principles.

Since 1983, Berzin has traveled the world, teaching various aspects of Buddhist practice and philosophy, as well as Tibetan-Mongolian history and astro-medical theory, at Dharma centers and universities in more than 70 countries. His routes are often held by former and present communist world, Latin America, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. In addition to many publications and translations, many of his lectures have been published in the languages ??of these countries.

Berzin served as an unofficial envoy to a number of international projects related to the Tibetan-Mongolian culture, in particular the Programme of Tibetan medical assistance to Chernobyl victims, developed jointly with the Russian Ministry of Health, as well as the project of the Fund of Richard Gere on the revival of Mongolia`s national culture through the publication of books on Buddhism in today`s vernacular. He also contributed to the establishment and deepening of the Buddhist-Muslim dialogue.

In 1998, Berzin returned to the West, where there were more favorable conditions for writing. Sometimes traveling, he taught at various Dharma centers, but devotes most of his time preparing his unpublished materials for "Libraries Berzin." He currently lives in Germany, in Berlin.

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