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 US
, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies
, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies
at Columbia University. He is translator of many sutras and philosophical treatises, and the author of numerous books, including the national bestseller Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Real Happiness
, the fifth book in a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press; and Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World
, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words. His most recent book is Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Lot Happier
(Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman, Hay House international, Oct 2013).
Recognized worldwide as an authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, philosophy, and Tibetan Buddhism, and with a 40-year (plus) friendship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Eastern ideas to our daily lives. In doing so, he has become a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time
magazine's 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times
Thurman travels internationally, lecturing to universities, companies, conferences and think tanks. He is a gifted communicator who can make complex concepts understandable, introducing new ideas with intelligence and humor in a down-to-earth and comprehensible way.