Karl Brunnhölzl

Trained and worked as a physician; studied Buddhist Philosophy at Kamalashila Institute, Germany, 1986–1990; continued his training as a translator at Marpa Institute, Kathmandu, and his studies of Tibetology and Sanskrit in Hamburg; from 1989 served as translator for many Tibetan teachers including Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Ontrul Rinpoche, Drupön Kenpo Lodrö Namgyal, and Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen; since 1999 one of the principal translators and faculty at Nitartha Institute in Canada, Germany, and the US; since 2005 one of the principal Western teachers of Nalandabodhi. Tsadra Foundation grantee 2006–2008 and fellow from 2009-2016.

Completed Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow
  • A Compendium of Mahāyāna, Asaṅga’s Mahāyānasaṃgraha and its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries, 3 Volumes, with reference to many commentaries
  • Gone Beyond: The Prajñaparamita Sutras, “The Ornament of Clear Realization,” and its Commentaries in the Tibetan Kagyü Tradition (2 vols.), Maitreya, commentaries by the Fifth Shamarpa and the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje
  • Groundless Paths: The Prajñaparamita Sutras, “The Ornament of Clear Realization,” and its Commentaries in the Tibetan Nyingma Tradition, Maitreya, commentaries by Patrul Rinpoche
  • Mining for Wisdom Within Delusion, Maitreya’s Distinction between Phenomena and the Nature of Phenomena, commentaries by Vasubandhu, the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, Gö Lotsawa, and others
  • When Clouds Part, Uttaratantrashastra with commentary by Tashi Ozer
  • Mahayanasamgraha, Asanga with commentaries
Previously Published Translations
  • The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition, Pawo Rinpoche and the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje
  • Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions
  • In Praise of Dharmadhatu, Nagarjuna, commentary by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (partial sponsorship by Tsadra Foundation)
  • Luminous Heart: The Third Karmapa on Consciousness, Wisdom, and Buddha Nature