Why the Dalai Lama Matters – Bob Thurman with host Mitchell Rabin

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Robert Thurman-Wednesday, Aug 21, 6pm EDT: Mitchell’s guest this evening is Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, to discuss Tibet, the role of HH Dalai Lama, and how our society could benefit from the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhist thought in today’s world.
Noted in a NY Times Magazine profile as “The Dalai Lama’s man in America,” and having been named by Time Magazine one of the “25 Most Influential Americans,”
Robert has cultivated a worldwide awareness of Tibet through his writing and translation of important Buddhist texts, and activism. He is the co-founder with Richard Gere of Tibet House US and currently serves as the President of its Board of Trustees. Thurman has dedicated his life to the study and preservation of Tibet’s cultural heritage, and is the first American ordained as a Tibetan monk. All this along with his 45-year friendship with the Dalai Lama makes him the perfect voice for Tibet and its quest for freedom.

Thurman is also the President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University.

Having studied with His Holiness the Dalai Lama personally, Thurman was the first American monk of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is credited with being at the forefront of making Tibetan spirituality, philosophy, and art accessible and understandable in the West. He has a B.A., A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard and has studied in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India and the United States.

He is a popular professor in the Religion Department of Columbia University where he holds the Jey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Studies. Policy makers and the news media often seek Thurman’s knowledge of Tibetan history and culture. In this capacity, he has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Tune in to hear Robert speak with Mitchell about the current status of Tibet, the Tibetan Diaspora and where we appear to be as a human species relative to ideas of Tibetan prophecy and potential.

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