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Cyrus Stearns

Cyrus Stearns has twenty-seven years of experience in the study of Tibetan language, literature, and religion. He has extensive experience in the translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts into English. From 1973 until 1987 he studied with the late Dezhung Tulku Rinpoche, and from 1985 until 1991 he studied with Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. During most of these years he was the principal translator for both teachers. Cyrus lived for about eight years Nepal, India, and Southeast Asia. He has often translated for Tibetan teachers of all traditions during public talks and seminars in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Cyrus was educated at the University of Alabama and received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1996. In 1985 Cyrus was the leader of the Smithsonian Institute's Associates Tour to Tibet and China, one of the first groups allowed into Tibet after many years of travel restriction by the Chinese government. He was a Tsadra Foundation fellow from 2003–2015. He is currently an independent scholar and translator and lives in the woods on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, Washington.


Completed Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow:

  • King of the Empty Plain: The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo, Lochen Gyurmé Dechen
  • Treasury of Esoteric Instructions: A Commentary on Virupa’s "Vajra Lines," Lama Dampa Sönam Gyaltsen
  • The Buddha from Dölpo: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, rev. ed.
  • Treasury of Esoteric Instructions, Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen, Virupa
  • Song of the Road, The Poetic Travel Journal of Tsarchen Losal Gyatso, Tsarchen Losel Gyatso


Previously Published Books:

  • The Buddha from Dolpo: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen
  • Luminous Lives: The Story of the Early Masters of the Lam ’Bras Tradition in Tibet
  • Hermit of Go Cliffs: Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic, Godrakpa
  • Taking the Result as the Path: Core Teachings of the Sakya Lamdré Tradition

(Source Accessed March 29, 2019)

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Affiliations & relations

  • Tsadra Foundation · workplace affiliation
  • Sakya · religious affiliation
  • Dezhung Rinpoche · teacher
  • Chogye Tritsen Rinpoche · teacher
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche · teacher