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Monday, 17 October 2016 07:25

Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman

Meet the First American Monk of Tibetan Buddhism

Dr. Robert Thurman has some unique distinctions. In 1965, he became the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Monk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Not only was he a student of the Dalai Lama, but he became the spiritual leader’s tutor, sharing his Harvard University and Phillips Exeter Academy education on topics ranging from psychology to physics and world history. He went on to create the field of “Buddhology.” TIME magazine chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997, and The New York Times stated that he “is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.” His search for enlightenment began while he was a university student. After losing the use of his left eye from an accident, he left Harvard to go on a spiritual quest through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He first saw the Dalai Lama in India in 1962. Not long after being ordained, however, he decided he could be more effective in a university than a monastery, and in 1967 he resigned his monk’s vows of celibacy and went on to obtain an M.A. as well as a Ph.D. in Sanskrit Studies from Harvard University in 1972. He is now a Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University (the first endowed chair in this field of study in the U.S.). He is also President of Tibet House US, a nonprofit organization he co-founded with actor Richard Gere and two others dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization. He’s also President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific treatises from the Tibetan Tengyur. He is a speaker and an author of books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture. His daughter, who also serves on the Board of Trustees of Tibet House US, is the Academy Award-nominated actress Uma Thurman. Tokyo Journal Executive Editor Anthony Al-Jamie spoke to Robert Thurman about the Global Compassion Summit and 80th birthday celebration for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Buddhism, his extraordinary life and his current projects.

Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:20

Volume 36. Issue #278

Contents


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1. Tokyo Street Editorial
Inside this issue
24. Kōhaku
The coolest music competition in the world
   
2. Designs Inspired by Vessels (二ヵ国語)
Junko Koshino’s fashion
25. Join the Night Shift
L.A.’s Citrus College students go pro
   
3. Harajuku Fashion Walk
Kawaii style on parade
26. The Ramones
Bob Gruen’s photo flashback
   
4. Streetstyle Glamour
Fashionistas that are streets ahead
27. The Shut In
Donald Richie on Somerset Maugham
   
5. Actress Charlotte Kate Fox
The American dream in Japan
28. Through the Eyes of Yankelovich
Challenging the economist worldview
   
6. Actress Sumire Matsubara
Returning to her Japanese roots
29. Corporate Governance Code in Japan
A Japan Revitalization Strategy measure
   
7. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Japan's youngest conquers Everest
30. Japan America Society of Southern California
President Douglas Erber on SoCal’s bridge to Japan
   
8. His Holiness the Dalai Lama
80th birthday celebration in California
31. David Nunan’s Global Classroom
Education & the virtual classroom
   
9. George Foreman on Muhammad Ali
From fighting to peace and compassion
Japan’s Minister of Education
32. The Chaotic Contrasts of Kathmandu
Nepal’s contemporary third-world landscape
   
10. Nobel Prize Laureate Takaaki Kajita
Resolving the neutrino puzzle
33. Heroes of the Himalayas
The Sherpa: mountaineering and trekking guides
   
11. CNN News Anchor Don Lemon
Breaking the news to the world
34. Mari’s Homemade Cooking Recipes
Miso-marinated pork
   
12. The Beach Boys
Mike Love still having Fun, Fun, Fun
35. Sake & Wine Cultures in Japan
Genealogical differences between sake and wine
   
13. The Harlem Globetrotters
Basketball ambassadors celebrating 50 years
36. Chef Ben Ford
Reviving diversity in the Republic of Georgia/td>
   
14. US Sumo Open
Largest sumo event outside Japan
37. Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Edamame Pesto
Super healthy, quick and tasty pasta recipe
   
15. DRUM TAO's Drum Art
Taiko drumming with a visual bang
38. Travel to Hokkaido
Japan’s untamed wilderness is a tourist treat
   
16. Design Festa
Art, performance, fashion and music bonanza
39. Taking the Higher Road (二ヵ国語)
Photographer Hiroyuki Suzuki’s visual poetry
   
17. Virtually Falling in Love
Voltage Inc.’s Japanese romance apps
40. Destined Encounter of Enishi
The meaning of encounters in Japan
   
18. Cheeky Parade
Up-and-coming Japanese idol group
41. Samurai Spirit
Samurai choreographer talks about virtue in Japan
   
19. The Ambassadress of Cute
Japan’s cute fashion rep Kimura U
42. Sightseeing and People Watching in Japan
Tokyo’s top people-watching spots for tourists
   
20. Cosplay as a Career
Professional cosplayer Nekomu Otogi
43. Garrity’s Japan
Japanese conformity
   
21. All-4-One
The Dukes of R&B for 20 years
44. Haitian Culture
Various styles of Haitian art
   
22. DIR EN GREY
Two decades of pushing musical boundaries
45. Parenting with Lorraine
Living vicariously through your children
   
23. Loudness
Japan’s heavy metal pioneers thunder on
46. Lifestyles
Expat life
   
  47. Yoga Lifestyle
Minds and machines
   

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Fireworks in Kansai

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Fireworks in Tokyo

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