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'''Erick Tsiknopoulos''' (b. 1981) is a scholar of Buddhism and a translator of Buddhist texts. He has been practicing Buddhism since 1999 and studying Tibetan since 2004. He engaged in an intensive study of Tibetan language and Buddhism in the Himalayan region of India and Nepal for 11 years from 2008 to 2019, primarily in Dharamsala and other towns in Himachal Pradesh, but also Darjeeling and Kathmandu. There he studied Tibetan literature and Buddhist philosophy closely with learned Tibetan scholars and experienced Buddhist teachers, while living a culturally and linguistically immersive environment within the Tibetan communities of South Asia. During this time he attended many teachings and empowerments with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin (Gongma Trichen) Rinpoche, His Eminence Denma Lochoe Rinpoche and other respected Tibetan lamas on a frequent basis. He is known and referred to as "Sherab Zangpo" (Excellent Insight) by some Tibetans.  
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* [https://tibetantranslations.com/ Translations of Tibetan texts, Tibetan language courses & publications by Erick Tsiknopoulos and the Trikāya Translation Committee.]
  
From 2008 to 2016 Erick studied modern spoken and literary Tibetan with Gen Dawa Tsering and others at the Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture, Buddhist tenets with Geshe Tsewang Nyima at the Thosam Ling Institute, Buddhist dialectics and epistemology with various khenpos at Dzongsar Shedra, Buddhist philosophy with Geshe Lobsang Tsondu at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives, Buddhist theory and praxis with Geshe Lobsang Dawa, and in particular, Tibetan textual analysis and Buddhist hermeneutics with Gen Lobzang Gyatso at Esukhia. He also studied closely in private lessons with Geshe Tenzin Ludrup in Darjeeling, Serta Khenpo Choying in Sidhpur/Norbulingka and several other geshes and khenpos.  
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'''Erick Tsiknopoulos''' (b. 1981) is a translator of Buddhist texts and a scholar-practitioner of Buddhism. He has been practicing the Buddhist path since 1999, and began studying Tibetan language in 2004. He engaged in an intensive study of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language in the Himalayan region of India and Nepal for 11 years from 2008 to 2019, where he lived primarily in Dharamsala and other towns in Himachal Pradesh, and to a lesser extent in Darjeeling and Kathmandu. There he studied Tibetan literature and Buddhist teachings closely with learned Tibetan scholars and respected Buddhist teachers, while experiencing daily life within this culturally and linguistically immersive Tibetan environment. Having spent over a decade integrating into Tibetan society in South Asia, he is highly fluent in colloquial Tibetan, which aids him greatly in both his translations and language teaching.  
  
Erick has been working professionally as a textual Tibetan-English translator since 2009, and since then has translated hundreds of Tibetan texts into English. Over the years he has completed important translations for numerous Dharma centers, organizations and individuals around the world, as well as his own translation projects. He thus has extensive experience in translating Tibetan literature, in particular Buddhist scriptures from the Tibetan Canon and Tantric ritual texts (''sādhanā''), and is familiar with most topics of Buddhist doctrine and Tibetan literary genres, including philosophical writings and esoteric doctrines. Many of his translation works have been published in various formats, including printed books. His translations and essays have been cited in numerous publications and academic articles. He has also served as an oral interpreter for several Tibetan Buddhist teachers in the USA, India and Nepal.
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During his time in India and Nepal he attended important teachings and received numerous precious blessings and empowerments from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin (Gongma Trichen) Rinpoche, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, His Eminence Denma Lochö Rinpoche, His Eminence Lama Zöpa Rinpoche and many other Tibetan lamas on a frequent basis. His main Tibetan Buddhist teacher and root guru (''rtsa ba'i bla ma'') in Vajrayāna Buddhism was His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.  
  
In addition to his prolific translation output, Erick has worked as a Tibetan language instructor since 2011, teaching classical, colloquial spoken and modern literary Tibetan. His unique linguistic skills and broad depth of experience in translation and teaching are widely sought by educational institutions, Buddhist organizations and serious students of Tibetan language internationally. Having spent many years integrating into Tibetan society in Asia, he is highly fluent in colloquial Tibetan, which aids him greatly in both his translations and language teaching.  
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In India he studied modern spoken and literary Tibetan with Gen Dawa Tsering and others at the Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture (2008, 2011-12), Buddhist tenets with Geshe Tsewang Nyima at the Thösam Ling Institute (2009), Buddhist dialectics, debate and epistemology with various khenpos at Dzongsar Shedra (Dzongsar Chökyi Lodrö College of Dialectics, 2010), Buddhist philosophy with Geshe Lobsang Tsöndu at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives (2012), Buddhist theory and praxis with Geshe Lobsang Dawa at the Institute of Buddhist Dialects (2012-16), and in particular, extensive classes in Tibetan textual analysis and Buddhist hermeneutics for a period of 3 years on a daily basis with Gen Lobzang Gyatso at the Esukhia Instute (Nangten Sizhu Khang, 2012-15). He also studied Buddhist texts closely in private lessons with Geshe Tenzin Ludrup in Darjeeling (2008, 2011-12), Serta Khenpo Chöying in Sidhpur/Norbulingka (2009-11) and other geshes and khenpos. For colloquial Tibetan, his main teacher was Gen Karma Chubzang (Ngawang Dekyi), who from 2009 to 2018 patiently brought him to the level of near-native fluency in spoken Tibetan over the course of 9 years.
  
Aside from Tibetan, Erick also has significant knowledge of Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali and Hindi, and is currently working on Chinese, Romanian and Persian, among others. Further, he has significant experience with and knowledge of other (non-Tibetan) Buddhist traditions, especially Zen/Ch'an, but also Theravada, Pure Land and Nichiren. In terms of his personal practice, he is currently training to become a Buddhist lay priest and Dharma teacher. He has also completed the equivalent of a Master's degree in Buddhist Studies through the International Buddhist College (Thailand) and the University of South Wales (UK).  
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He has been working professionally as a textual Tibetan-English translator since 2009, and since then has translated hundreds of Tibetan texts into English. Over the years he has completed commissioned translations for a multitude of Dharma centers, Buddhist organizations and private individuals around the world. He has translated a wide array of Tibetan literature, in particular scriptures from the Tibetan Canon and Tantric ritual texts (''sādhanā''), and is familiar with most topics of Buddhist doctrine and Tibetan literary genres, including philosophical writings and esoteric doctrines.  
  
He is the founder of Trikāya Translations and the Trikāya Tibetan Linguistic Academy, and is a regular contributor to the Rangjung Yeshe Dharma Dictionary (under the auspices of the Tsadra Foundation). He aims to help make Tibetan literature, Tibetan language and the teachings of the Buddhadharma more widely available and better understood.  
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His translation works have been published in a multitude of formats, including printed books. His translations and essays have been cited in several publications and academic articles. He has also served as an oral interpreter for Tibetan Buddhist teachers in the USA, India and Nepal.
  
Erick Tsiknopoulos is available for commissioned translation work and online Tibetan language classes. Email: '''e.tsikno@gmail.com''', '''tibetanteaching@gmail.com''' or '''trikayatranslations@gmail.com'''
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In addition to translation, Erick Tsiknopoulos has worked as a Tibetan language instructor since 2011, teaching classical, spoken colloquial and modern literary Tibetan. His unique linguistic skills and broad depth of knowledge in translation and language instruction are widely sought by educational institutions, Buddhist organizations and serious students of Tibetan internationally, including translation training schools in India.
  
* [http://www.tibetantranslations.com TibetanTranslations.com] The main website of Erick Tsiknopoulos.
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Aside from Tibetan, he also done significant study of Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali and Hindi, has studied multiple other languages, and is currently working on Chinese and Romanian, among others. Further, he has considerable familiarity with other (non-Tibetan) Buddhist traditions, especially Zen/Ch'an, but also Theravada, Pure Land and Nichiren, and he is conversant in their respective doctrines, histories and particular systems, as well as those of Tientai/Tendai and Huayen. He has completed the equivalent of a Master's degree in Buddhist Studies through the International Buddhist College (Thailand) and the University of South Wales (UK), and studies Pali through the University of Oxford. In terms of his personal practice, he is currently training to become a Buddhist lay priest and Dharma teacher under the guidance of his spiritual masters.
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Erick Tsiknopoulos is referred to as Sheyrab Zangpo (''shes rab bzang po'', 'Excellent Insight') by some Tibetans, a Dharma name given to him by Khentrul Lodrö Thaye Rinpoche in 2004. He also bears the name "Dewae Ngödrub" (''bde ba'i dngos grub'', 'Blissful Siddhi') bestowed upon him by the late His Eminence Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche. He has taken Refuge, the Lay Precepts (''Upāsaka'') and the Bodhisattva Vows numerous times, including several times under His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
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Erick Tsiknopoulos is the founder of Trikāya Translations and the Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy. He is a regular contributor to the Rangjung Yeshe Dharma Dictionary (under the auspices of the Tsadra Foundation), for which he has been the most prolific author of new Tibetan-English dictionary entries since its inception in 2005. He aims to help make Tibetan literature, Tibetan language and the teachings of the Buddhadharma more widely available and better understood.
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Email: '''e.tsikno@gmail.com''', '''tibetanteaching@gmail.com''' or '''trikayatranslations@gmail.com'''

Latest revision as of 22:23, 15 September 2021

Erick Tsiknopoulos (b. 1981) is a translator of Buddhist texts and a scholar-practitioner of Buddhism. He has been practicing the Buddhist path since 1999, and began studying Tibetan language in 2004. He engaged in an intensive study of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan language in the Himalayan region of India and Nepal for 11 years from 2008 to 2019, where he lived primarily in Dharamsala and other towns in Himachal Pradesh, and to a lesser extent in Darjeeling and Kathmandu. There he studied Tibetan literature and Buddhist teachings closely with learned Tibetan scholars and respected Buddhist teachers, while experiencing daily life within this culturally and linguistically immersive Tibetan environment. Having spent over a decade integrating into Tibetan society in South Asia, he is highly fluent in colloquial Tibetan, which aids him greatly in both his translations and language teaching.

During his time in India and Nepal he attended important teachings and received numerous precious blessings and empowerments from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin (Gongma Trichen) Rinpoche, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, His Eminence Denma Lochö Rinpoche, His Eminence Lama Zöpa Rinpoche and many other Tibetan lamas on a frequent basis. His main Tibetan Buddhist teacher and root guru (rtsa ba'i bla ma) in Vajrayāna Buddhism was His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

In India he studied modern spoken and literary Tibetan with Gen Dawa Tsering and others at the Manjushree Centre of Tibetan Culture (2008, 2011-12), Buddhist tenets with Geshe Tsewang Nyima at the Thösam Ling Institute (2009), Buddhist dialectics, debate and epistemology with various khenpos at Dzongsar Shedra (Dzongsar Chökyi Lodrö College of Dialectics, 2010), Buddhist philosophy with Geshe Lobsang Tsöndu at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives (2012), Buddhist theory and praxis with Geshe Lobsang Dawa at the Institute of Buddhist Dialects (2012-16), and in particular, extensive classes in Tibetan textual analysis and Buddhist hermeneutics for a period of 3 years on a daily basis with Gen Lobzang Gyatso at the Esukhia Instute (Nangten Sizhu Khang, 2012-15). He also studied Buddhist texts closely in private lessons with Geshe Tenzin Ludrup in Darjeeling (2008, 2011-12), Serta Khenpo Chöying in Sidhpur/Norbulingka (2009-11) and other geshes and khenpos. For colloquial Tibetan, his main teacher was Gen Karma Chubzang (Ngawang Dekyi), who from 2009 to 2018 patiently brought him to the level of near-native fluency in spoken Tibetan over the course of 9 years.

He has been working professionally as a textual Tibetan-English translator since 2009, and since then has translated hundreds of Tibetan texts into English. Over the years he has completed commissioned translations for a multitude of Dharma centers, Buddhist organizations and private individuals around the world. He has translated a wide array of Tibetan literature, in particular scriptures from the Tibetan Canon and Tantric ritual texts (sādhanā), and is familiar with most topics of Buddhist doctrine and Tibetan literary genres, including philosophical writings and esoteric doctrines.

His translation works have been published in a multitude of formats, including printed books. His translations and essays have been cited in several publications and academic articles. He has also served as an oral interpreter for Tibetan Buddhist teachers in the USA, India and Nepal.

In addition to translation, Erick Tsiknopoulos has worked as a Tibetan language instructor since 2011, teaching classical, spoken colloquial and modern literary Tibetan. His unique linguistic skills and broad depth of knowledge in translation and language instruction are widely sought by educational institutions, Buddhist organizations and serious students of Tibetan internationally, including translation training schools in India.

Aside from Tibetan, he also done significant study of Japanese, Sanskrit, Pali and Hindi, has studied multiple other languages, and is currently working on Chinese and Romanian, among others. Further, he has considerable familiarity with other (non-Tibetan) Buddhist traditions, especially Zen/Ch'an, but also Theravada, Pure Land and Nichiren, and he is conversant in their respective doctrines, histories and particular systems, as well as those of Tientai/Tendai and Huayen. He has completed the equivalent of a Master's degree in Buddhist Studies through the International Buddhist College (Thailand) and the University of South Wales (UK), and studies Pali through the University of Oxford. In terms of his personal practice, he is currently training to become a Buddhist lay priest and Dharma teacher under the guidance of his spiritual masters.

Erick Tsiknopoulos is referred to as Sheyrab Zangpo (shes rab bzang po, 'Excellent Insight') by some Tibetans, a Dharma name given to him by Khentrul Lodrö Thaye Rinpoche in 2004. He also bears the name "Dewae Ngödrub" (bde ba'i dngos grub, 'Blissful Siddhi') bestowed upon him by the late His Eminence Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche. He has taken Refuge, the Lay Precepts (Upāsaka) and the Bodhisattva Vows numerous times, including several times under His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Erick Tsiknopoulos is the founder of Trikāya Translations and the Trikāya Tibetan Language Academy. He is a regular contributor to the Rangjung Yeshe Dharma Dictionary (under the auspices of the Tsadra Foundation), for which he has been the most prolific author of new Tibetan-English dictionary entries since its inception in 2005. He aims to help make Tibetan literature, Tibetan language and the teachings of the Buddhadharma more widely available and better understood.

Email: e.tsikno@gmail.com, tibetanteaching@gmail.com or trikayatranslations@gmail.com