Episode No. 4: Intimate interview with Robert A.F. Thurman

Lama Tsultrim interviews longtime friend, Robert A.F. Thurman, who shares a fascinating story about his experiences in Mt. Kalaish as well as his experience as a monk in India in the 1960s. Dr. Thurman offers a beautiful teaching on the explanation of Emptiness, based upon a quote from Nagarjuna which says, “Emptiness is the womb of Compassion.”

Topics Discussed:

  • Robert Thurman’s  contributions to the Tibetan tradition
  • The different experience of trauma in Tibetan culture due to their spiritual practices of compassion
  • Discussing belief in future life and staying in the present moment
  • Understanding “emptiness” and its relationship to compassion and everything in existence


Guided Meditation: “Immeasurable Love” with Robert A.F. Thurman

About Professor Robert A.F. Thurman

Professor Robert A.F. Thurman, known as Bob Thurman, is an eminent figure in academia and a dedicated advocate of Tibetan Buddhism. His illustrious career spans over three decades as the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. With his charismatic presence and profound knowledge, Thurman has become a leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, recognized by The New York Times. Beyond his academic contributions, he co-founded Tibet House US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture, and the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, focused on translating significant Tibetan treatises. Bob Thurman’s lifelong commitment to the study and dissemination of Buddhism has made him an influential scholar and a bridge between Eastern wisdom and Western audiences. You can learn more about Professor Robert A.F. Thurman and explore his extensive body of work.

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