Andrey Anatolyevich Terentyev

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Andrey Terentyev was born on the 31st of March 1948 in Leningrad, USSR.

In 1970 he entered the Philosophy Faculty of the Leningrad State University, where he studied Indian Philosophies and Religions and also Sanskrit and Tibetan.

Having graduated in 1975, A. Terentyev became a research fellow at the Leningrad State Museum of History of Religions and Atheism.

His duties in the Museum covered the whole field of Buddhist Studies, including research fieldwork, exhibitions on History of Buddhism and lecturing.

Terentyev's Ph.D. (“Candidate of History”) degree was received in 1983 from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Moscow) for the research and translation from Sanskrit of the 'Tattvārthādhigama Sūtra”.

The main subjects of his studies were Tibetan Buddhist Iconography and the History of Buddhism in the USSR.

Based in Leningrad, A.Terentyev also, on temporary basis, worked in the Buddhist areas of Russia:

for 3 summers he was making the catalogue of the Tibetan texts in possession of the State Museum of Tuva Republic, and for 2 years he was the head of the Expert Commission of the Ministry of Culture of Buryat Republic preparing the catalogue of the Buddhist art in the Ivolginsky Datsan – the main Buddhist Monastery of Russia.

In 1988 A. Terentyev received a 3-year post-doctoral scholarship from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in Moscow on classification of Vajrayāna texts.

In 1989-1990 he worked for 6 months at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala (India).

From 1991, A. Terentyev devoted himself to publishing Buddhist texts in the Russian language.

In particular he was the editor of the translation of the 5-volume Tibetan classic by Je Tsonkhapa – the first full translation into European language.

In 1992 he founded the first Buddhist magazine of Russia 'Buddhism of Russia', and still functions as its Editor-in-chief. In the 1990-s he was the (English-Russian) interpreter for HH the Dalai Lama in all his visits to Russia.

In 1991 and 1994 Terentyev was a visiting fellow at Aberdeen University (UK) and in the last decade also occasionally lectured at other countries, such as USA, Germany, India, Thailand, etc. In 1994-1995 he was a lecturer in the ‘Higher Philosophical and Religious School’ in St.-Petersburg and in 2004 worked as a part-time reader at St.Petersburg State University.

In 2005-2008 he is a visiting associate professor at the Centre of Buddhist Studies of the Hong Kong University, and in 2007, 2009 – visiting lecturer of the International Buddhist College (Thailand).

He is a member of the International Association for Tibetan Studies.

Terentyev published about 90 research papers and works.

Postal address:

In Russia:

St.-Petersburg, 191123, post box 135, Russia.

Tel/fax. +7 812 7100012

Mob. +7 911 8128091