Robert A. Thurman

A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, and the history of the Dalai Lamas, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Eastern ideas to our daily lives.  He was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by such as The New York Times and People Magazine. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. Upon  H. H. Dalai Lama’s request, he co-founded the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, in order to translate the Tibetan Tengyur collection, currently being published volume by volume with Columbia University Press, as The Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences.

Thurman is the translator of key Sanskrit and Tibetan works, such as The Vimalakirti Sutra, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Central Philosophy of Tibet, The Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp, as well s author of books such as Inner Revolution, Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, Infinite Life, Jewel Tree of Tibet, Anger, and Why the Dalai Lama Matters.

Also at the request of the Dalai Lama, Thurman co-founded Tibet House US with Richard Gere and Philip Glass, among others, dedicated to the preservation and renaissance of Tibetan civilization. He recently founded the Menla Mountain Retreat Center in the Catskill Mountains to advance the healing arts and life sciences of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist medicine tradition.