Life as Art

Buddhist Scholar

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of 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. The New York Times recently hailed him as "the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism."

The first American to have been ordained a Tibetan Buddhist monk and a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, Professor Thurman is a passionate advocate and 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 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 of 2008.

Professor Thurman also translates important Tibetan and Sanskrit philosophical writings and lectures and writes on Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism; on Asian history, particularly the history of the monastic institution in the Asian civilization; and on critical philosophy, with a focus on the dialogue between the material and inner sciences of the world's religious traditions.

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Topic: Life as Art

Robert Thurman: Well life is art, you know, if you’re enjoying it, then it becomes an art of how to enjoy it more and how to bring others into that, and you can’t be enjoying life unless you are sharing that enjoyment with others, because it’s impossible to enjoy it when the vibes of others around you are suffering, so in a way life is art, or should be art, you know, life well lived is art, and, and therefore, and expressing yourself is art, and helping others to see things that are new that they didn’t see before is art, all that is art, and that’s, that’s what’s fun.

Recorded on: 6/1/07