Learning from Dying: Tibetan Buddhist Understandings of Consciousness and Death with Robert Thurman, Ph.D.

Registration fee: $20; $10 for students.
No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact david@drbullard.com for more information.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and Columbia University Professor Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman will discuss the nature of consciousness and Tibetan Buddhist understandings about the nature of death.

Dr. Thurman translated one of the most important texts on the subject, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, from Tibetan into English, as well as many other works. Inspired by his good friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thurman takes us along with him into an expanded vision of the world: whether the sweep of history, the subtleties of the inner science of the psyche, or the wonders of the life of the heart. He shares the sense of refuge in the Dharma, which helps us clear away the shrouds of fear and confusion, sustains us with the cheerfulness of an enriched present, and opens a door to a path of realistic hope for a peaceful future.

Dr. Thurman will discuss His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s life and teachings as depicted in the graphic novel, Man of Peace. A guided Tibetan Buddhist meditation will also be included in the presentation.

Speaker: Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D., recently retired after many years as the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, he is President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization and is President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific treatises from the Tibetan Tengyur. TIME Magazine chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America. The New York Times recently said Thurman is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.

Discussant: David Bullard, Ph.D., Clinical professor in the departments of medicine and psychiatry at UCSF where he consults with outpatient palliative care staff of the symptom management service and with spiritual care services. A contributing writer for psychotherapy.net, he has interviewed leading trauma therapists such as Bessel van der Kolk M.D. and Allan Schore, Ph.D., and Buddhist thinkers Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., Robert Thurman, Ph.D., and Mark Epstein, M.D. In addition to a 40-year private practice of psychotherapy, couple therapy and teaching at UCSF, David has led workshops at San Francisco and Green Gulch Zen Centers, Tibet House US (New York City), and in Israel and Brazil.

Note: A majority of funds raised will be donated to the International Rescue Committee.


Additional information and registration available at ucsf.edu.

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UCSF Cole Hall Auditorium