THUPTEN JINPA is a former Buddhist monk who has completed his training as a Geshe Lharampa at Ganden Monastery. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from Cambridge University, where he also worked as a research fellow. Jinpa has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama since 1985 and has, in addition to travelling extensively with him, translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times’ bestseller The Book of Joy (co-authored with Archbishop Desmond Tutu), Ethics for the New Millennium, The Art of Happiness, and Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. His own publications include numerous works in Tibetan and English, and translations of major Tibetan Buddhist texts, including Mind Training: The Great Collection. His latest book is A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives. He is the main author of CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training), an eight-week formal program developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Stanford University.

Jinpa is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, the founder and president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, the chair of the board of the Mind & Life Institute, and the founder and president of the Compassion Institute.  He is married with two daughters and lives in Montreal, Canada. Jinpa is a well-known speaker on the international stage and has been featured in programs on BBC, NPR, CBS, and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).