Lena Leonteva was born in Ryazan, Russia, in 1965. She studied mathematics in Lvov, Ukraine and studied at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute. She lives in the Moscow Diamond Way Buddhist Center and has been giving lectures on Buddhism since 1998. In 2011 she defended a doctoral thesis on works of Marpa the Translator. She is currently working as editor-in-chief in a publishing house and teaching history of Buddhism at the Oriental University of Moscow.