Robert AF Thurman

Robert AF Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House U.S. and its Menla retreat and spa in service of H. H. the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, a passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, a skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the newly published 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. In partnership with Nena Thurman and other teachers and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla retreat and spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

For more information about Robert AF Thurman please visit: www.bobthurman.com.

Upcoming Programs by Robert AF Thurman

Anxiety, Depression & Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental & Spiritual Health in the Modern World with Mark Epstein, M.D. & Robert AF Thurman

Anxiety, Depression & Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental & Spiritual Health for Modern World

Also With Mark Epstein, M.D.

August 18 - 20, 2017

In his earliest teachings, the Buddha put forth an Eight Fold Prescription for mental and spiritual health. The most spiritual of the world’s psychologies and the most psychological of the world’s religions, Buddhism can best be approached as a set of treatments for mental and emotional dis-ease. At the heart of the Buddha’s method lies […]

Real Love Retreat with Sharon Salzberg, Robert Thurman & Krishna Das at Menla

Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart

Also With Krishna Das and Sharon Salzberg

September 21 - 24, 2017

Join Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg and guest teacher Robert Thurman for a weekend immersion exploring a world of great possibility in Real Love: Buddhist & Bhakti Practices of the Heart. These three friends and colleague bring a lifetime of experience nurturing a greater capacity for love rooted in both the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions. In this […]

Shaman + Siddhas 2017

Shamans & Siddhas: Meeting at the Crossroads of Shamanism & Tantra

Also With Isa Gucciardi

October 5 - 8, 2017

This retreat focuses on the traditions of the “psychonauts,” explorers of the subtle realms of dream, death, and all “between” states. Such people are known as “shamans” in indigenous traditions and as “siddhas” or “adepts” in Buddhist and Hindu Tantric traditions. Isa Gucciardi joins Robert Thurman in exploring the deep and vast dimensions of these […]

New Years 2017 Menla

Love Your Enemies: Annual New Year's Dharma & Yoga Retreat

Also With Sharon Salzberg, Carolyn Christie and Brooke Myers

December 27, 2017 - January 1, 2018

In life we are presented with various outer enemies—be they malevolent competitors at work or in business, corrupt imperious politicians, or even wayward neighbors or family members—as well as a host of inner enemies, from our addictive emotions to our mental delusions. In this workshop we will explore a range of inner and outer enemies, looking at the fear, anger, and anguish generated by being stuck in a mode of "us" and "them", and focus on the total liberation that we are capable of, and on Buddhist teachings and techniques that help us to realize that liberation. […]