Tenzin Dechen Rochard is a practising Buddhist since 1984 and is a disciple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She was ordained as a nun by him in 1986 and remained within the monastic order for twelve years.
She completed several three-month solitary retreats whilst in England during 1987-8. Then she went to India where she completed a traditional 10-year study programme in Buddhist philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala. She returned to England as a lay-woman and worked part-time as a Buddhist prison chaplain for several years.
She also studied Madhyamaka philosophy under the guidance of Geshe Sopa Rinpoche for over a decade, during which time she translated and edited his oral commentary on the Insight section of Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo (Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 5, forthcoming, Wisdom Publications).
Having read philosophy in her youth, she graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in Buddhist philosophy in 2013. She has been teaching Buddhism, philosophy, and meditation in the UK and abroad for several years, and is involved with inter-faith dialogue.
Dechen is currently working for The Dalai Lama Trust, translating a recently composed compendium of teachings by ancient Indian Buddhist masters of the Nalanda tradition, historically the source of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions.