A Springtime Visit with Professor Robert Thurman
April 12, 2012

Professor Robert Thurman, a great scholar of Eastern religions… and at 70, still an imposing figure. I studied with him in the 80s, he was a lot meaner then.

Professor Robert Thurman, a great scholar of Eastern religions… and at 70, still an imposing figure. I studied with him in the 80s, he was a lot meaner then.

These are Tibetan scriptures, all waiting to be translated by Tenzin (Bob’s nickname, from the Tibetan name

These are Tibetan scriptures, all waiting to be translated by Tenzin (Bob’s nickname, from the Tibetan name "upholder of teachings").

His desk, it’s a little messy, a slice of a big tree sitting on file cabinets- really nice design!

His desk, it’s a little messy, a slice of a big tree sitting on file cabinets- really nice design!

This statue is an incarnation which represents the Yamantaka Buddha, the “death of death”: an enlightened being can assume this form when ready to face death, with the full knowledge that there is no death (this is for enlightened beings guys… don’t try this at home!)

This statue is an incarnation which represents the Yamantaka Buddha, the “death of death”: an enlightened being can assume this form when ready to face death, with the full knowledge that there is no death (this is for enlightened beings guys… don’t try this at home!)

Inside the house, which was built by hand in the 70s, a real Woodstock piece of history. Do I see Piotr Uklanski on the left playing the ukulele?

Inside the house, which was built by hand in the 70s, a real Woodstock piece of history. Do I see Piotr Uklanski on the left playing the ukulele?

Bob stretches his back out on this contraption, I tried it, it works… gave me a head rush, too.

Bob stretches his back out on this contraption, I tried it, it works… gave me a head rush, too.

There’s Bob’s wife Nena with a big beautiful smile, thanks for letting us visit! Om mani padme hum

There’s Bob’s wife Nena with a big beautiful smile, thanks for letting us visit! Om mani padme hum