James Low, MA, PhD went out to India as a student and at once became deeply involved with religious study and practice. After reading Anthropology with first class honours at Edinburgh in the end of the sixties, he went to India for his studies living at first in the company of sadhus. Later, through meeting Tibetan lamas, who were then moving increasingly into India, he encountered the world of Tibetan Buddhism. He studied Tibetan language, literature and philosophy at Vishva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, in West Bengal under the guidance of Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche who also became his meditation teacher. Then for ten years James worked with Rinpoche translating many important Nyingma texts as well as doing extensive meditation retreats in the Himalayas. During these studies he worked with many original texts, like sadhanas of different deities and texts of the Dzogchen and Madhyamika tradition and other parts of Buddhist philosophy.
James Low obtained a degree from the Nyingma research Society, associated with the Central Institute of Higher Studies.
He returned to Britain and has been living in London since the beginning of the eighties. He trained in Psychotherapy in which he now offers university training and consultancy as well as working in a hospital.
James Low is part of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. At the request of his teacher H.H. Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche he has been giving Dharma talks and seminars since 1992. Besides imparting basic Buddhist views and tantric teachings his main interest lies in the Dzogchen view and practise. There he combines in his own fresh and vivid nature the philosophy of east and west as well as the view and meditation of Dzogchen with his experience of modern psychotherapy.
Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning with Commentary by James Low, pp. 170, 6"x8", Snow Lion Publications in collaboration with edition khordong, April 2004
Simply Being - (translations of Dzogchen and Mahamudra texts of the Nyingma and Kagyu tradition, including most of the Tibetan originals), Durtro Press, London 1994, out of print, reprinted with introductions to the texts and excerpts of James teachings without Tibetan by Vajra-Press, 1998
with John Crook. The Yogins of Ladakh, A Pilgrimage Among the Hermits of the Buddhist Himalayas, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited, Delhi, 1997
Buddhist Developmental Psychologie, in Psychologie East and West, Crook and Fontana (Hg.), Element Books, 1989
Various practice texts of the Byangter-, Khordong- and other traditions in collaboration with H.H. Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche. Edited by Khordong Terchen Tulku Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche.
Publications in process:
Teachings on the Butterlamp Prayer, Geneva and Darnkow
Teaching to the Vidyadhara Guru Sadhana, Freiburg
Tulk Tsurlu, Summary of Gonpo Zangthal