Patrick Lambelet has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995. He earned a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation, supervised by José Cabezón, focused on Atiśa Dīpaṃkara and the reception of Vajrayāna doctrines in Tibet.

Prior to his graduate studies, he completed the FPMT Masters Program in Buddhist Studies at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, studying the major philosophical and tantric texts of the Geluk tradition for seven years. He then led Buddhist courses and retreats for nearly a decade, both in Europe and the United States. He has studied Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy for more than twenty-five years and has worked on a number of translations for 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha.

Dr. Lambelet has also worked as an editor of both general and scholarly books and articles on Buddhism, including books by the Dalai Lama, as well a range of other topics. His current research interests include Tibetan Buddhist biographies (namthar), teachings and literature of the Mahāsiddhas, and Buddhist approaches to contemporary ethical issues.