A Life That Has Meaning Now And Forever with Robert Thurman, Ph.D.

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What if, instead of being elected to the Presidency, a candidate had to prove he or she is the personification of Jesus? Why is it sometimes so difficult to be generous? Is human consciousness the one thing in the universe that can be transformed from "something" into "nothing"? One of the most respected teachers of our time, Robert Thurman, takes ancient Buddhist wisdom and translates it into answers that make sense here and now, not only for Buddhists but for Catholics, Muslims, "secular humanists" - anyone who wishes to break free of the suffering of modern day life. A self-described "half-baked Buddhist," Thurman's wisdom sheds light on our broadest global issues and on our personal daily struggles. It emerges from his lifetime study of theology and religion, including thirty-five years observing the embodied process of the Dalai Lama. Much of his insight is drawn from the real-world perspective of his wife, who wants to know if enlightenment means you will get out of bed when the baby cries at night, or if you will keep your temper when things go wrong. With great humor and humility, Robert Thurman invites us to exchange a lifestyle that sees little consequence of our actions, good or bad, for one that holds the possibility of great meaning and joy in every moment, one that "is liberating and energizing, like having a long-term goal that is sensible and that makes sense." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Robert Thurman is an eminent scholar of Asian and Tibetan history and Buddhist art and sciences. For over 50 years he has been a close student, colleague, and personal friend of the Dalai Lama. He’s professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and co-founder with his wife Nena, and President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.  

Robert Thurman is author of many books including: 

  • Infinite Life: Seven Virtues for Living Well(Riverhead 2004).
  • Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet(graphic novel co-creator) (Tibet House 2016)
  • Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier(co-author Sharon Salzberg) (Hay House 2013)
  • Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life. (Hay House 2021) 

To learn more about the work of Robert Thurman go to: www.tibethouse.us.

    Topics Explored in This Dialogue

    • What are the day-to-day miracles you can experience to bring enlightenment to the world here and now
    • How you can transform anger, fear and hatred into something positive
    • What is the difference between being fierce and being angry
    • What is the evidence for life after death
    • How can women can revitalize democracy
    • How do we make peace a possibility in a turbulent world
    Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 3/3/2004      Program Number: 3041