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Alexander Berzin
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Alexander Berzin, April 2015
Religion Tibetan Buddhism
Education Ph.D., Harvard University (1972)
MA, Harvard University (1967)
BA, Rutgers University (1965)
Personal
Born 1944
Paterson, New Jersey
Religious career
Works Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship (2000), Developing Balanced Sensitivity (1998), Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra (1997), Taking the Kalachakra Initiation (1997)
Website studybuddhism.com

Alexander Berzin (born 1944) is a scholar, translator, and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism.[1]

Early years

Berzin was born in Paterson, New Jersey, United States. He received his B.A. degree in 1965 from the Department of Oriental Studies, Rutgers University; his M.A. in 1967; and, his Ph.D. in 1972 from the Departments of Far Eastern Languages (Chinese) and Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University.

Work

His main teacher was Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, an assistant tutor of the Dalai Lama.[2] Berzin served as the Dalai Lama's archivist and occasionally his interpreter.[3]

In 1998, Berzin moved back to the West and devotes most of his time to preparing his unpublished materials for his Study Buddhism website. The website was chosen in 2011 to be archived as part of the Bodleian Electronic Archives and Manuscripts collection of the University of Oxford.[4]

Berzin is on the Board of Advisors of Tibet House Germany[5] and the International Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding of the College of Religious Studies of Mahidol University, Thailand.[6]

He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Bibliography

  • (Co-editor with John Bray) Kuleshov, Nikolai S. Russia’s Tibet File. Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 1996. ISBN 8186470050.
  • (Coauthor with the 14th Dalai Lama, Translator, and Editor), The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra. Ithaca, Snow Lion, 1997. ISBN 9781559399302.
  • Taking the Kalachakra Initiation. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1997. ISBN 1559390840. Reprinted as Introduction to the Kalachakra Initiation. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2010. ISBN 9781559397384.
  • Developing Balanced Sensitivity. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1998. ISBN 9781559399937.[7]
  • Kalachakra and Other Six-Session Yoga Texts. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1998. ISBN 9781559399968.
  • Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship. Ithaca, Snow Lion, 2000. ISBN 9781559399838. Reprinted as Wise Teacher, Wise Student: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2012.[8][9][10]
  • "A Buddhist View of Islam" in Islam and Interfaith Relations: The Gerald Weisfeld Lectures 2006 (Perry Schmidt-Leukel and Lloyd Ridgeon, eds.). London: SCM Press, 2007, 187-203. ISBN 9780334041320.
  • "The Sources of Happiness According to Buddhism" in Glück (Andre Holenstein, Ruth Meyer Schweizer, Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello, Peter Rusterholz, Christian von Zimmermann, Andreas Wagner, Sara Margarita Zwahlen, eds.). Bern, Stuttgart, Wien, Haupt Verlag, 2011, 41-52. ISBN 9783258076898.

References

  1. Virtanen, Riika J. (1999). Review: Kalachakra and other Six-Session Yoga Texts by Alexander Berzin. The Tibet Journal 24 (4), 87-88.  – via JSTOR (subscription required)
  2. Lindén, Matt. "Who Is Alexander Berzin?". studybuddhism.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  3. Fineman, Mark (January 1, 1991). "Dalai Lama's Disciples Gather for Peace Prayer Religion: About 150,000 participate in ceremony with the Peace Prize winner". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. "Berzin Archives/Study Buddhism at the Oxford Bodleian Electronic Archives and Manuscripts". Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  5. "Tibethaus Advisory board, Frankfurt am Main, Germany". Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  6. "International Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding at the CRS in Mahidol University, Thailand". Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  7. Pettit, John. "Review: Developing Balanced Sensitivity",Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (New York) (winter 1998)
  8. Marquis, A. (2000). "Book Review: Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship by Alexander Berzin", Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 32 (2), 178
  9. Harrison, Anna (2000). Review of Alexander Berzin, "Relating to a Spiritual Teacher", Publishers’ Weekly
  10. Tatz, Mark (2002). Review of Relating to a Spiritual Teacher: Building a Healthy Relationship. Tibet Journal 27 (3-4), Autumn and Winter 2002.  – via JSTOR (subscription required)


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