Tenzin Dhetan is from Amdo Tsongka in northeastern Tibet. He has studied at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, and later joined the Chinese Armed Police Force in Xining. He has worked as a public security officer in the local county for two years. In 1993 he fled Tibet and came into exile in India. In India, he studied Buddhism and English for nearly 7 years at the Sherab Gatsel Lobling and Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Institute. He has studied and complied Tibetan history at the Library for Tibetan Works and Archive for 5 years. He was selected with the first place to study at Tamkang University’s “Mainland China Research Institute” in Taiwan from 2008 to 2009. Following year he joined the Central Tibetan Administration. In 2021, he was transferred from the Department of Information and International Relation to the Tibet Policy Institute.
His main task is to translate texts into Tibetan, Chinese and English, and to study Tibetan history in these three languages.
He has compiled and published nine books which include the autobiography of famous Tibetan political prisoners Tanak Jigme Sangpo and Yulu Rinpoche.