Robert AF Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House U.S. and its Menla retreat and spa in service of H. H. the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, a passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, a skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the newly published 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. In partnership with Nena Thurman and other teachers and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla retreat and spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

For more information about Robert AF Thurman please visit: www.bobthurman.com.

Events with Robert AF Thurman

Anxiety, Depression & Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental & Spiritual Health for Modern World
August 18, 2017

In his earliest teachings, the Buddha put forth an Eight Fold Prescription for mental and spiritual health. The most spiritual of the world’s psychologies and the most psychological of the world’s religions, Buddhism can best be approached as a set of treatments for mental and emotional dis-ease. At the heart of the Buddha’s method lies a strategy of changing one’s relationship with one’s inner voice. In anxiety, depression and addiction, the inner voice is accustomed to being in charge. Buddhism seeks to undermine the control habit of the inner voice by creating critical distance from its dictates through mindfulness and…

Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart
September 21, 2017

Join Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and guest teacher Robert Thurman for a weekend immersion exploring a world of great possibility in Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart. These three friends and colleague bring a lifetime of experience nurturing a greater capacity for love rooted in both the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions. In this weekend retreat, they offer practical tools and techniques to learn to distinguish between the skillful habits that lead to awareness and deeper connection, and the unskillful habits that reinforce our sense of separation. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we all live our lives searching for a…

Shamans & Siddhas: Meeting at the Crossroads of Shamanism & Tantra
October 5, 2017

This retreat focuses on the traditions of the “psychonauts,” explorers of the subtle realms of dream, death, and all “between” states. Such people are known as “shamans” in indigenous traditions and as “siddhas” or “adepts” in Buddhist and Hindu Tantric traditions. Isa Gucciardi joins Robert Thurman in exploring the deep and vast dimensions of these traditions, focusing on our planetary welcoming of various forms that consciousness takes in this time of global crisis, as she has done from time immemorial. Shamans and siddha adepts provide us with resources from long-developed, time-tested positive sciences and arts that help us celebrate the…

Love Your Enemies: Annual New Year's Dharma & Yoga Retreat
December 27, 2017

That which we call an enemy marks the edge between limited lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity and the potential boundlessness of these qualities.  In life we are presented with various outer enemies—be they malevolent competitors at work or in business, corrupt imperious politicians, or even wayward neighbors or family members—as well as a host of inner enemies, from our addictive emotions to our mental delusions. In this workshop we will explore a range of inner and outer enemies, looking at the fear, anger, and anguish generated by being stuck in a mode of “us” and “them”, and focus on…