Erick Tsiknopoulos feeding the pigeons in front of the Great Stūpa of Jarungkhashor in Boudhanath, Nepal (February 2014).

Erick Tsiknopoulos, a fluent Tibetan speaker and native English speaker, has worked as a professional Tibetan-English translator, interpreter and Tibetan language teacher since 2008, and has been teaching Tibetan language 2011. He has a highly literate level in both Classical and Modern Literary Tibetan, and a very advanced degree of fluency in Colloquial Spoken Tibetan.

He lived for 11 years in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal among the Tibetan community from 2008 to 2019, where he studied Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy intensively in a culturally immersive environment. In India he studied Tibetan language and Buddhism at the Manjushree Center for Tibetan Culture (Darjeeling), Thosam Ling Institute (Sidhpur), Dzongsar Shedra (Chauntra), Tibetan Library of Works and Archives (Dharamsala), Esukhia and Namgyal Monastery (McLeod Ganj), as well as in various private and public classes held with Tibetan Buddhist teachers, such as geshes and khenpos.

He has been working professionally as an Tibetan-English translator since 2008, and since then has produced English translations of several hundred Tibetan texts. Many of his translations have been published in electronic and printed book form, and some are available for purchase on Most of his works are planned for release in future publications. His works have been cited in numerous academic papers and publications. He is a regular contributor to the Rangjung Yeshe Dharma Dictionary (, where he has written over 2100 English definitions for Tibetan terms, largely related to Buddhist terminology.

Being familiar with most topics in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, scriptural doctrine and tradition, he is able to teach Tibetan texts by way of linguistic analysis which ascertains their literary meaning, with reference to their specific context. His teaching methodology is based on both modern Western academic and traditional Tibetan scholastic models of pedagogy and textual exegesis. This includes hermeneutic analysis and philosophical, historical and cultural commentary within the broader spectrum of Buddhist and Asian Studies.

From a young age, Erick Tsiknopoulos has always been fascinated by languages, and has therefore studied many languages to varying degrees. These include, primarily, Tibetan, Japanese, Pāḷi, Sanskrit, Hindi and Urdu (Hindustani), Punjabi, Persian (Farsi), Romanian (Daco-Romanian), Spanish, Modern Greek, Esperanto, Indonesian (Malay), Turkish and Arabic; but also, to a lesser extent, Latin, Ancient Greek, Russian, Nepali (Gorkhali), Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Bulgarian, Dzongkha (Bhutanese), Hebrew, Italian, German, Norwegian and Swedish among others including several ancient languages such as Anglo-Saxon (Old English), Old Norse, Prakrit, Avestan and Tocharian. He utilizes his knowledge of these languages in his Tibetan classes in order to supplement the overall linguistic frame of reference, relate Tibetan to other languages, and clarify certain points of grammar or pronunciation.

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