– Date of birth: August 3, 1941
– Place of birth: New York, United States
– Occupation: writer
Robert Thurman is an American writer who has written numerous books, articles and academic articles on Tibet and Buddhism. He also works as a professor of Buddhism at Columbia University. It also maintains solidarity movements with the Tibetan people against the Chinese invasion.
He was born on August 3, 1941 in New York. Her father, Beverly Reid Thurman, was a newspaper editor and her mother, Elizabeth Dean Farrar, was a theater actress. He has a brother named John Thurman.
He studied at Harvard University and earned a BA, M, A, PhD in 1958. He married Marie-Christophe de Menil, daughter of a rich and influential family. He lost his left eye in an accident in 1961 and received an ocular prosthesis for treatment. This incident changed their outlook towards the world and life. After that, he traveled to Iran, Turkey and India from 1961 to 1966. In 1964, he became a Buddhist and a close friend of the Dalai Lama.
He left the status of Buddhist monk and married Nena von Schlebrugge in 1967. After that, he obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate. He studied Sanskrit in 1972. In 1973, he became a professor of religion and Sanskrit at Harvard University. In 1987, he founded the Tibet House in New York. His motto is to save the tradition of Tibetan spirituality. In his personal life he is the father of five children and the grandfather of eight grandchildren.
He is best known for his academic and written work on Tibetan Buddhism at the Gelugpa School. He has also translated many rare and precious Buddhist texts into Tibetan English. In addition, his translation of the text of the Vimalakirti Sutra has gained great renown among scholars and scholars of Buddhist historians.
His important works on Buddhism are “Tibetan Essential Buddhism,” “The Central Philosophy of Tibet,” “The Tibetan Book of the Dead,” “Mandala: Architecture of Lights,” “A Sanctuary for Tibet,” and so on.
Time magazine wrote about him as one of 25 influential Americans in 1997. He still works in his academy of Buddhist and Tibetan studies.