For nearly 2,500 years, the world has heard about a man called the Buddha, a prince who gave up his kingdom to become a monk and is said to have awakened to a new and transformed human consciousness. Today it is believed that more than 535 million people practice Buddhism worldwide. We will explore the meaning of these extraordinary teachings with Robert Thurman, Ph.D., one of America’s foremost scholars of Buddhism. Thurman is the founder of Tibet House US, professor emeritus at Columbia University, and writer of numerous books on Buddhism and Tibetan culture.
Open Heart Conversations is a place to meet, discover, and learn about different faith and wisdom traditions. Together we’ll explore and celebrate our rich and beautiful diversity through Christianity, Judaism, Islam, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American, African spirituality, and more. Moderated by Bishop Heather Shea and Rev. Dr. José M. Román of the United Palace of Spiritual Arts, Open Heart Conversations welcomes everyone.