Alexander Berzin (scholar)

Alexander Berzin ( born 1944 in Paterson, New Jersey ) is an American author, translator and teacher of Vajrayana Buddhism.


Alexander Berzin received in 1965 the degree of BA of the Department of Oriental Studies at Rutgers and Princeton University. In 1967 he achieved the degree of MA, and the Department of Far Eastern Languages ​​( Chinese), Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University in 1972, he received the doctoral degree. Between 1969 and 1998 Alexander Berzin lived as part of a Fulbright scholarship, mainly in Dharamsala, where he received of Tibetan Buddhism and teachings from lamas of all four major Buddhist traditions ( Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug ). His main teacher was, where he served for nine years at the time Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche as a translator and secretary, and whom he accompanied on several of his trips around the world.

Alexander Berzin is a founding member of the Translation Bureau of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, where he introduced a new term structure in the English translation of important Tibetan technical terms. In order to have more favorable terms for the letter drew Alexander Berzin again in 1998 in the West, where he mainly in Berlin dedicated to the preparation of his unpublished writings for the Berzin Archives.

Works ( in German )

  • The everyday life master like a Buddha. Exercises for a delicate handling of themselves and others. Diamond, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-9805798-9-1
  • Kalachakra - the wheel of time. History, nature and practice of important tantric initiation ritual of Tibetan Buddhism. With a foreword by the Dalai Lama. Barth, Bern 2002, ISBN 3-502-61068-1
  • Between freedom and submission. Opportunities and threats spiritual teacher - student relationships. Theseus, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-89620-179-4