Christian Bernert

Christian has been studying and practicing Buddhism under the guidance of Khenchen Amipa Rinpoche since 1999. Since 2001 he studied Buddhist philosophy and practice at the annual summer programs of the International Buddhist Academy (IBA) in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 2009 he graduated from the University of Vienna where he studied Religion, Tibetology and Buddhist Studies. From 2009 to 2013 Christian acted as the program coordinator for the translator training at IBA. In 2010, he established the Chödung Karmo Translation Group together with Khenpo Ngawang Jorden and Lama Rinchen Gyaltsen, with the aim of translating important texts of the Sakya tradition. Another project Christian holds dear is the Bodhisvara website, launched together with Prof. Kashinath in 2015. The aim of Bodhisvara is to uphold the tradition of the recitation of important Buddhist works in Sanskrit.
Christian moved to Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2015, where he continues to work on translations and other Dharma projects in cooperation with the International Buddhist Academy in Nepal and under the auspices of the Khenchen Appey Foundation. He regularly teaches Tibetan language, Buddhist theory and practice, and continues to study and practice under the guidance of his teachers, mainly form the Sakya tradition.

Translations (English and German):
2017 Rongtön Sheja Künrig. Adorning Maitreya’s Intent. Arriving at the View of Nonduality: a commentary on the Madhyāntavibhāga, Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes. Boulder: Shambhala Publications
2017 Befreiung von den Vier Anhaftungen:Tiefgründige Geistesschulung in der Tradition des Bodhisattva Manjushri. Bad Gams: Sakya Tsechen Changchub Ling
2014 Khenchen Appey Rinpoche. Cultivating a Heart of Wisdom. Oral Instructions on the Mind Training in Seven Points. Kathmandu: Vajra Books Publications.
2014 The Ākāśagarbha Sūtra, 84000 (, in cooperation with Julia Stenzel. 
2013 The Sūtra on Impermanence, 84000 (
2011 The Sūtra on Reliance upon a Spiritual Friend. 84000 (

Other publications:
2016 A brief introduction to Buddhism and the Sakya tradition. Kathmandu: International Buddhist Academy.
2016 The Meditator’s Nest Vol. 2, A Mahayana Meditation Manual. Kathmandu: Vajra Publications.
2013 For the love of the world - Why being vegetarian makes so much more sense. In: The Times of Lowo, Vol. 2, 53-58. 

2016 Lojong - The Mind Training App (iOS/Android)
2015 Bodhisvara, Resounding Sanskrit Buddhist Literature,
2010 Chödung Karmo Translation Group,