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.
On October 18, 2010, Krista Tippett sat down with Geshe Thupten Jinpa at Emory University to talk about his experiences as English translator for the Dalai Lama over the past 25 years. Here is a video from their conversation, from http://www.onbeing.org/program/translating-dalai-lama/feature/room-thupten-jinpa/1341