Annie Bien is an English translator of Tibetan scriptures and a writer of fiction and poetry. She began translating Buddhist texts for Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, of the Tibet Center, then for 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, and currently with Khenpo Pema Wangdak of Vikramaśila Foundation. She teaches meditation and Dharma at Shantideva Center (FPMT) in Brooklyn, NY. She has written two poetry collections, published flash fiction in literary journals, won writing awards, and co-written an upcoming historical novel on the Sixth Dalai Lama with Robert Thurman. She is also a certified Qigong instructor with Shifu Yan Lei. http://anniebien.com
Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.