Matthew Akester

Matthew Akester is a translator of classical and modern literary Tibetan with 25 years of fieldwork experience as an independent researcher throughout the Tibetan world. His discipline is history, both religious and political history, which corresponds with the program’s double specialization. Matthew’s special interests include the history of Lhasa, the life and times of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, historical geography of central Tibet, and history and memoir in occupied Tibet. His published book-length translations include The Life of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo by Jamgon Kongtrul (Shechen Publications 2012); Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule by Tubten Khetsun (Columbia University Press 2008, Penguin India 2009); and The Temples of Lhasa (with Andre Alexander, Serindia Publications 2005). In addition, he has worked as active consultant and contributor for the Tibet Information Network, Human Rights Watch, Tibet Heritage Fund, and Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center; as translator, editor, and advisor for countless publications on Tibet in English, French, and Tibetan; and as lecturer on contemporary Tibet for student programs including SIT in Nepal and India.

We include here a pair of excerpts from his translation of Naktsang Nulo’s Joys and Sorrows of a Naktsang Kid..