Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)
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Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University in New York City. He studied at Phillips Exeter Academy as well as Harvard, and then went on to study Buddhism and Tibet as a personal pupil of the The Dalai Lama for nearly 30 years. Robert A. F. Thurman is the father of Uma Thurman and Dechen Thurman and he is also a former Tibetan Buddhist monk. In 1987, Mr. Thurman and Richard Gere founded New York City's Tibet House, a nonprofit institution devoted to preserving the living culture of Tibet. Read more... and lectured all over the world. He can be seen and heard in the documentary film Free Tibet (1998) which was produced by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.