The Gifts of the Tibetans: Sparking New Directions in the Arts and Sciences
Robert Thurman, Columbia University
Monday, November 05, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Charles E. Young Grand Salon
248 Kerkhoff Hall
A Tibetan Buddhist Studies Initiative Lecture
Robert Thurman holds the first endowed chair in Buddhist Studies in the West, the Jey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. Educated at Harvard, he studied Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism for almost thirty years as a personal student of the Dalai Lama, and became the first American to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. He is president of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies and of the Tibet House U.S., and was listed as one of Time Magazine's 25 most influential Americans in 1997. He has written both scholarly and popular books, and has lectured widely all over the world. 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.
This lecture will address the role of Tibetan Buddhist art, science, and religion in our academic imaginaire, and in the culture at large, highlighting the importance of Tibetan Buddhist studies not only for Buddhist Studies' sake, but more broadly for its contribution to other areas of high priority in arts and sciences.
Cost: Free; RSVPs required.
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