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Bob Thurman

Bob Thurman, longtime Professor of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, believes education is one of the most important aspects of being human, but not education in the way academics typically refer to. A Tibetan Buddhist writer, student, and teacher, Bob believes in the education of the soul—cultivating character, not simply mind, and revolutionizing culture toward equanimity, harmony, and justice.

More about Bob Thurman:

Bob Thurmam is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. Time chose Professor Thurman as one of its 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.” The New York Times recently said Thurman “is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.” He taught students as a Harvard grad student, then 15 years at Amherst College, then 31 years at Columbia. He still teaches actively online. Inspired by his good friend the Dalai Lama, Thurman stands on Buddhism’s open reality, and then takes us along with him into an expanded vision of the world. He recently published “Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life.”

For more information, visit https://bobthurman.com/ or https://religion.columbia.edu/content/buddhism.