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An Evening with Robert Thurman


Robert Thurman

Robert 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. and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies.

His own search for enlightenment began while 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 throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia . He found his way to India, where he first saw H.H. the Dalai Lama in 1962. After learning Tibetan and studying Buddhism he decided to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk and was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, the first Westerner to earn that distinction. However, some years later, he gave up his robes when "he discovered he could be more effective in the American equivalent of the monastery: the university". He returned to Harvard to finish his Ph.D. . A very popular professor, students call his classes "life-changing".

For more on Robert Thurman's life and work click here.

Date(s): April 30 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Come join world-renowned scholar, teacher, and author, Robert Thurman, for a rare Los Angeles appearance at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The evening will feature teachings, guided mediation and conversation with the man The New York Times called "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism."

Robert Thurman
Author of more than 20 books and the first American ordained as a Tibetan monk by his friend of more than 40 years, the Dalai Lama, Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, where his colloquial and humorous way of imparting the Buddha's teachings has made him one of the most popular professors. He is President of Tibet House US, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and promoting Tibetan civilization, and regularly lectures around the world.

Thurman is a passionate advocate for the truth regarding the current Tibet-China situation. His commitment to finding a win-win solution for Tibet and China inspired him to write his latest book, Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World, published in June 2008.

Musician Joey Lugassy and his band will perform before the start of the program, beginning at 7:00pm. Lugassy, one of LA's most esteemed spiritual musicians, has sung for Thich Nhat Hanh, written a song for Amnesty International, and received two Emmy nominations for best song in a drama series. Visit his website at

This event is part of the 2011 InsightLA Speaker Series.

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Location: The Broad Stage
The Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center Eli and Edythe Broad Stage is located at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, on Santa Monica Blvd, between 10th and 11th Streets. The physical address is: 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Entrance to the parking lot is from the North side of Santa Monica Blvd.

ADA seating is available, please contact the InsightLA office to make arrangements.
Directions: See Map
Level: All Levels

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Enrollment Limit: 250 | This event is full. To be placed on the waiting list, please register.
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