Robert Thurman

“To become enlightened is not just to slip into some disconnected euphoria, an oceanic feeling of mystic oneness apart from ordinary reality. It is not even to come up with a solution, a sort of formula to control reality. Rather, it is an experience of release from all compulsions and sufferings, combined with a precise awareness of any relevent subject of knowledge. Having attained enlightenment one knows everything that matters, and the precise nature of all that is.”

Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman has been a writer for thirty years. He holds the first endowed chair in Indo-Tibetan Studies in America and is co-founder and president of Tibet House New York, a cultural non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the endangered civilisation of Tibet. He is also the first ever Western Tibetan Buddhist monk and shares a thirty-five year friendship with the Dalai Lama.

Things about Robert Thurman:

He was ordained by the Dalai Lama in 1965.

He has a glass eye.

His daughter is UMA THURMAN! Along with 4 other children.

His wife was previously married to LSD guru Timothy Leary.

He had some ‘psychedelic years’ and coined the phrase ‘psychonaut’.

Two of my favourite books are written by him “The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism” + “Essential Tibetan Buddhism”