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Robert Thurman interviewed on Global Lens

Host Ashok Gangadean interviews distinguished visitor Robert Thurman, Columbia University

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DATE: Friday, April 17th, 2009

HOST: Ashok Gangadean, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College and Founder-Director of The Global Dialogue Institute & Host of ((Global Lens))

GUEST: Robert Thurman


The focal points for Thurman's presentation will be two recent widely-read books: Inner Revolution and Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within. All are welcome and dialogue is encouraged.

Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and co-founder and President of Tibet House US. He writes and lectures online pokie machines frequently on Buddhism, Asian history, and critical philosophy. A personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, his latest book can be found here:
Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World


Professor Thurman's scholarly and popular writings focus on the "inner revolution" that individuals and societies successfully negotiate when they achieve enlightenment. He defines this inner revolution as accurate insight into the true nature of reality and determined compassion for the suffering beings. He also works toward what he terms a "Second Renaissance," which he sees currently taking place as Western culture goes beyond the 14th century European discovery of the natural sciences of the ancient Greeks that catalyzed the "first renaissance" to discover and apply in practice the advanced "inner science" of ancient Indian culture.

SITES: Haverford College,Haverford, PA