Alexander Berzin received his PhD in 1972 from Harvard University in Far Eastern Languages and Sanskrit and Indian Studies. He lived in Dharamsala, India for 29 years, where he served as interpreter for Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche and as occasional interpreter for H.H. the Dalai Lama and Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche. During that period, he also organized and coordinated many international projects for His Holiness, such working with the Soviet Ministry of Health to treat Chernobyl radiation victims with Tibetan medicine. He has lectured extensively on Buddhism throughout the world and published numerous books on the topic.
Since 1998, he has been living in Berlin, Germany, where he founded the Berzin Archives and is the principal author and executive director of its online platform, Study Buddhism, a free-of-charge, multimedia website currently available in 37 languages.