Adam S. Pearcey is the founder-director of Lotsāwa House, a virtual library of translations from Tibetan, which launched in 2004.
He first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in 1994 when he taught English at two monasteries near Darjeeling in India. He went on to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London; the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, where he also taught Tibetan and served as an interpreter; the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala; Oxford University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Oriental Studies; and again at SOAS, where he completed his PhD with a thesis entitled A Greater Perfection? Scholasticism, Comparativism and Issues of Sectarian Identity in Early 20th Century Writings on rDzogs-chen.
His publications include (as co-translator) Mind in Comfort and Ease by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Wisdom Publications, 2007); Ga Rabjampa’s To Dispel the Misery of the World (Wisdom Publications, 2012), which he translated at the suggestion of the late Khenchen Appey Rinpoche; and Beyond the Ordinary Mind: Dzogchen Advice from Rimé Masters (Snow Lion, 2018). A complete list of the many translations he has published online can be found here.
In 2018 Adam was a senior teaching fellow at SOAS, lecturing on Buddhist philosophy and critical approaches to Buddhist Studies.
With support from the Khyentse Foundation and Terton Sogyal Trust, he is currently leading a project to translate the entire collected writings (gsung ‘bum) of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959) into English.