Geshe Lhakdor is the director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala India. A distinguished Buddhist scholar, he was the English translator for His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, from 1989 to 2005. He has co-translated and co-produced several books by the Dalai Lama. From 1976 to 1986, Lhakdor studied specialized Buddhist philosophy in the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamshala and received the Master of Prajnaparamita in 1982. He also received the Master of Madhyamika in 1989 and the Master of Philosophy from the University of Delhi. Since 2002, Geshe Lhakdor has been an Honorary Professor at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In 2008, he was also conferred an Honorary Professorship by the University of Delhi, Department of Psychology. Send.
Bryce Johnson has been working continuously with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives since 2000. He received a B.S. in 1997 and M.S. in 1999 from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Mechanical Engineering. During this time he developed a personal interest in science and philosophy. Bryce lived in Dharamshala for two years from 1999-2001 where he helped start the Library's science education project. During this time he began a deep appreciation for Buddhist philosophy and sharing western science with Tibetan monastic scholars. In 2007, he completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Johnson has worked as a scientist for the California Environmental Protection Agency on water quality issues related to mercury contamination in Northern California. In 2008 he worked as a IC Postdoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M University at the Laboratory for Oceanographic and Environmental Research in Galveston, Texas. Bryce's research focuses on issues related to water quality with an emphasis on the connections between humans and their impact on natural and engineered environments.
Karma Thupten was born in Tibet to a nomadic family and left for India in the pursuit of freedom and education at the age of ten. He did his schooling from the Tibetan Children's Village Schools and later Delhi University where he received a Bachelors in English Literature. In 2006, he joined a translation training program at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. Shortly after, he was hired by the Library's Science Department as a research and translation officer. Karma has organized and translated various programs related with the promotion of scientific education in Tibetan monastic communities, helping build bridges between scientific and Tibetan Buddhist communities. Karma has also undertaken various science publications of the Library, including his latest translation, “Tibetan Buddhism and the Modern Physics: Towards a Union of Love and Knowledge”, by Professor Victor Mansfield. Based on his many years of experience with both Tibetan monastics and western scientific community, he sees that language and cultural subjectivity of these two traditions often become an obstacle for understanding each other, limiting the scope of collaboration. He is interested in approaches that clear these sources of misconceptions and further the development of this fruitful collaboration.
Tenzin Paldon is project officer and Life Science Translator. Ms. Paldon completed a BS in Zoology from Delhi University. She joined the Science Department in 2006.
Nyima Gyaltsen completed a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science at Loyola College, Madras University, and an Master of Science in Plant Science from Madras Christian College. He is currently working as a Science Translator at LTWA in the Science Department.
Karma Tsundu was born in Mundgod Tibetan Settlement, South India. She finished her school education from Central School for Tibetans, Mundgod in 2001, and graduated from Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer in 2005 (B.Sc,B.Ed). Karma Tsundu went on to complete a M.Sc in Biotechnology from University of Mysore in 2007. After graduating, Karma worked as a science teacher for more than a year at Petoen School, Dharamsala in (2009-2010). In July 2011, Karma Tsundu joined the Science Department at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, as a Assistant Research and Translation Officer.