Robert Thurman will lead practice sessions focused on emptiness and compassion in both Sutra and Tantra, and clarify potential misunderstandings as Buddhism takes root in America.
This workshop will include a combination of lecture, dialogue, guided meditations and Q & A.
DATE/TIME: Please note the adjusted afternoon start and closing time
Saturday, March 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm, 1:30 – 3:15/3:30pm ET.
Professor Robert A.F. Thurman is a talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings, the first Westerner Tibetan Buddhist monk ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and was a longtime close friend of Gelek Rimpoche.
A charismatic speaker and author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, Bob was named by The New York Times as the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism. Time Magazine chose him as one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.”
Bob served as the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University for 30 years, until 2020. A very popular professor, students always felt his classes were “life-changing”.
Bob is the founder and active president of Tibet House US, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture, and of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific Tibetan treatises
Thurman writes, “What I have learned from these people [Tibetans] has forever changed my life, and I believe their culture contains an inner science particularly relevant to the difficult time in which we live. My desire is to share some of the profound hope for our future that they have shared with me.”
SUGGESTED READING available in hard copy and ebook
Wisdom is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life by Robert Thurman
3/12/22 NOTE: Robert Thurman has made the Jewel Heart community a special offer to join his ongoing Flower Ornament Sutra streaming on Saturday nights on Teachable & YouTube through this link: https://thusmenla.org/p/flower-ornament-vajra-yoga-students