How Buddhism Can Change Your Life | How To Academy


Tue, 27 February 2024

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT

How Buddhism Can Change Your Life

Columbia University Prof. Robert Thurman

Join the first Westerner ordained as a monk by the Dalai Lama, the world-renowned scholar and activist Professor Robert Thurman, to explore the teachings of the Buddha.

Robert Thurman’s search for enlightenment began when he was a student at Harvard. After an accident in which he lost the use of an eye, Thurman left school on a spiritual quest. He found his way to India, where he first saw H.H. the Dalai Lama in 1962. He served for many years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk until he realised that he could more effectively spread the ideas of the Buddha in the American equivalent of the monastery – the University.

One of Time Magazine’s most influential Americans, Robert is both a scholar and a tireless advocate for the Tibetan cause and Tibetan civilisation, founding the non-profit Tibet House with Richard Gere, Tenzin Thethong, and Philip Glass.

He joins us for a livestream to share his insights into the Buddha’s teachings – exploring the power of the Dharma to share the sense of refuge in the Dharma, which unfailingly helps us clear away the shrouds of fear and confusion, sustain us with the cheerfulness of an enriched present, and open a door to a path of realistic hope for a peaceful future.

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Robert A.F. Thurman

Buddhist Monk and Scholar

Robert A.F. Thurman 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 organisation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilisation, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. The New York Times recently said Thurman “is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.”

He is the author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, including The Central Philosophy of Tibet, Circling the Sacred Mountain, Why The Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, and, most recently, with Sharon Salzberg, Love Your Enemies.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.