Robert Thurman, Columbia University

Department of Religion Professor Emeritus New York City, New York tbt7@columbia.edu

Bio/Research

Thurman, who holds the first endowed chair in Buddhist studies in the West, studied Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism for almost 30 years as a personal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His special interest is the exploration of the Indo-Tibetan philosophical and psychological traditions, with a v...

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Bio/Research

Thurman, who holds the first endowed chair in Buddhist studies in the West, studied Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism for almost 30 years as a personal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His special interest is the exploration of the Indo-Tibetan philosophical and psychological traditions, with a view to their relevance to parallel currents of contemporary thought and science. In addition, his scholarly and popular writings focus on the “inner revolution” that individuals and societies successfully negotiate when they achieve “enlightenment.”

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