- Ashoka Translation GrantsCommittee Member
John Canti is a founding member of the Padmakara Translation Group. He was a Tsadra Foundation Fellow from 2001-2012, and received the 2016 Khyentse Foundation Fellowship. In 2009, when 84000 first started, he was appointed editorial chair and he is now editorial co-director.
I studied medicine and anthropology at the University of Cambridge. While still a medical student in the early 1970s, I studied with some of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the older generation, especially Kangyur Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. I qualified as a doctor in 1975. After practicing medicine in the UK, and then in northeastern Nepal in the late 1970s, I moved to the Dordogne, France, where I completed two 3-year retreats. I have remained primarily based there ever since.