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  • Hudson Valley Healing Buddha

    Published by, this article finds Robert Thurman discussing his lifelong dedication to Buddhism and Tibet.

    Thurman’s interest in Tibetan medicine and healing was piqued during his early days as a monk when his guru told him to study with the physician to the Dalai Lama. At rst, the young Thurman balked – “’Me study medicine? I’m, like, a yogi, I want to meditate, I want to be a monk, like forget it. You study medicine.’ But he gave me that guru’s command. That thing.” And so he began to learn.

  • Listening In With… Robert Thurman

    Provided by, this a great interview with Robert Thurman discussing friendship and communication.

    “I first met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Buddhist monk Tenzin Gyatso for short, in November, 1964, in Sarnath, India. His Holiness, 29 at that time, accepted this 23-year-old American boy who was seeking to continue his Buddhist studies and practice, and if possible to become a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition, as his student and protégé.

    Recently, we met in Delhi and he laughed, remembering those days, and said, “You and I have had a long time chatting in my broken English and your broken Tibetan—but we still communicate! Friendship can make it work!” His Holiness knows perhaps thousands of people all over the world, but I do feel blessed to have been an American friend of his now for these past 51 years.” ~ excerpt from this article

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  • Menla Mountain Retreat Interview with Robert Thurman

    This interview took place at Menla Mountain Retreat, which also is known as The Land of the Healing Buddha, one of the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan medicine healing centers, on August 14, 2010, during a workshop with Dr. Thurman and psychiatrist/author Mark Epstein, M.D., “Integrating Buddhism and Psychotherapy.”

    Conducted by David Bullard, published on his site as well as on popular Buddhist website tricycle.



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