Christian Bernert

In-house Translator
Christian is one of our in-house translators and key advisors, and provides training and mentoring to our translator trainees. He brings a wealth of both Tibetan language training and professional Tibetan translation experience to his role, specializing in texts of the Sakya school. Christian is also a program coordinator at the International Buddhist Academy, and a founding member of the Chödung Karmo Translation Group.

Of Franco-Austrian background, Christian grew up in Vienna and lived for about five years in Kathmandu. His connection with the Buddhadharma was formally forged in 1999 under the guidance of his first teacher, the late Khenchen Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa Rinpoche. He received an MA in religious studies and Tibetology from the University of Vienna in 2009, followed by a two-year translator training at the International Buddhist Academy (IBA) in Kathmandu, where he had participated in yearly summer programs since its inception in 2001. A founding member of the Chödung Karmo Translation Group, he works closely with IBA. He currently coordinates The Complete Path program with His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin, a seven-year course on the core theory and practice of the Sakya lineage. His connection with the Khyentse lineage was indelibly established in 2000, in Bodhgaya, when he met Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche for the first time.

Christian has published translations of classical Tibetan texts on Buddhist thought and practice, as well as teachings of contemporary masters. His publications include Words of a Gentle Sage: Collected Teachings of Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, Vol. 1 (2018), Adorning Maitreya’s Intent: A Commentary on the Madhyāntavibhāga by Rongtön Sheja Kunrik (2017), and various sūtras for 84000.

Christian currently lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. In his spare time, he looks after another project close to his heart—the Bodhisvara Project—recordings of classical Buddhist texts chanted in Sanskrit.