An ethnic Tibetan who grew up in India, Tenzin Bhuchung is a long-term student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1997, he graduated from the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, where he focused on Buddhist philosophy and practice, classical Tibetan, and Sanskrit. Since then, he has been studying under and translating for many lamas, on subjects ranging from sūtra to tantra, and Mahāmudrā to Dzogchen. Tenzin has translated for His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, His Eminence Kyabje Dhakpa Tritul Rinpoche, H.E. Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, H.E. Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, Professor Kyabje Geshe Yeshi Thabkey, H.E. Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa, and H.E. Ontul Rinpoche, among others. Tenzin has also translated practice books for Dharma centers such as the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahāyāna Teachings.
Tenzin also holds a Bachelor’s with Honors in Political Science from the University of Tasmania, Australia, and a Master’s in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley, California. He recently completed his PhD in Religious Studies from Emory University, Atlanta. His dissertation entitled Gampopa’s Mahāmudrā: View, Meditation and Conduct is the first book-length study on Gampopa’s Mahāmudrā works, presenting it through the traditional rubric of view (lta ba), meditation (sgom pa), and conduct (spyod pa).
Tenzin lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His leisure-time activities include going on long walks and hiking with his wife Gina and dog Sengay (Snow Lion).