Theos Bernard at his typewriter

Tibet in the 1930s: Theos Bernard's Legacy at UC Berkeley

Theos Bernard at his typewriter

Theos Casimir Bernard (1908-1947) was an American yoga master, Buddhist, writer, and explorer who travelled widely in India and Tibet and worked to popularize Eastern spiritual practices in the United States before disappearing in Pakistan during the violence of Partition in 1947. The photos in this essay are from Bernard’s estate and are housed at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, which has granted Cross-Currents permission to share these images online.

For their generous assistance selecting and documenting these photographs, Cross-Currents would like to acknowledge Alicja Egbert (Media Collections Manager, Phoebe A. Hearst Anthropology Museum), Julia M. White (Senior Curator for Asian Art, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), Professor Jacob Dalton and Dr. Jann Ronis (East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley), Caverlee Cary (Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley), and Khenpo Yeshi Rinpoche.