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Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia University and co-founder and President of Tibet House US. The first American to be ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk and a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, Professor Thurman is a passionate advocate for Tibetan culture and a determined spokesperson for the truth regarding the current Tibet-China situation and the human rights violations suffered by the Tibetan people under Chinese rule. His commitment to finding a peaceful, win-win solution for Tibet and China inspired his latest book, Why The Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, Atria/Beyond Words: June, 2008. Hailed by the NY Times as "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism," Robert Thurman has made Buddhism accessible and relevant to millions of people of all faiths around the world.

Commemorating March 10 (14th Day, 1st Month, Earth Ox Year, Monlam Chenmo, 2009 C.E.) ********* March 10, 2009 is the 50th commemoration of the Lhasa uprising of 1959, when the Tibetans of Lhasa and pilgrims and refugees from all over […]

This week, after coming under fire for censorship, the Chinese government lifted blocks on some websites banned to foreign journalists in Beijing covering the Olympics. As reported in Xinhua, President Hu Jintao participated in a rare joint interview with the […]

I just had the huge pleasure of spending three days with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, with old friends and luminaries in the Tibet world. A sand mandala (sacred celestial mansion diagram) of […]