Dr. Tina Draszczyk, M.A., studied Tibetology and Indology at the University of Hamburg. Since the early 1980s, she learned and practiced mainly under the guidance of Shamar Rinpoche. Since the late 1980s, she repeatedly interpreted for him. From 1992 to 2005 she acted as an interpreter at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) in New Delhi while continuing her own studies there at the same time. She completed her doctoral thesis at the Department for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna on the integration of the notion of buddha nature in meditation practice.