The first ordained American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition, Robert Thurman explores his relationship with the Dalai Lama, Buddhism in America, preserving Tibetan culture, where evil comes from, and much more.
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, and co-founder and president of Tibet House US. A close friend of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama for over half a century, Thurman is the first ordained American Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition. A passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, a skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and an inspiring writer of popular books on Buddhism—Thurman’s newest book is Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life.
In this episode, Rabbi Rami and Thurman explore Thurman’s relationship with the Dalai Lama, Buddhism in America, preserving Tibetan culture under Chinese control. They dive into where evil comes from, the discovery of emptiness, and much more.
“The reality of the world is an infinite, loving energy, it's just not a person and therefore any god—and they are many, who channels that infinite loving energy, or even a buddha or a Bodhisattva is Divine in their ability to bless other beings and to transmit that energy.”
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