Robert A. F. Thurman

Robert A. F. Thurman Ph.D., is the Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University and head of the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies.

Magazine History & Philosophy

Avalokiteshvara In Tibet

According to an old Tibetan tradition, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara has a special relation with the people of Tibet. A bodhisattva is a warrior or hero of enlightenment, a being who is on the path to buddhahood. But in a sense, Avalokiteshvara is even more than a buddha. After attaining buddhahood, he voluntarily returned to the […]

By Robert A. F. Thurman
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