Robert Thurman introduces his book, Why the Dalai Lama Matters. Dr. Thurman holds the first endowed chair in Buddhist Studies in the West, the Jey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. After schooling at Harvard, he studied Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism for almost thirty years as a personal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. Thurman is a prolific author and tireless advocate of bringing Buddhist teachings to a broader Western audience. Time Magazine named him one of the “25 Most Influential Americans.”
Gehlek Rimpoche presents his book, Good Heart, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation. He was born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, is a highly regarded Buddhist teacher whose deep understanding, drawn from the rich wisdom of the Tibetan culture, is presented with simplicity and humor. He is an incarnate Lama of Drepung Monastic University, the largest Tibetan monastery that ever existed, housing at its zenith over 13,000 monks. Rimpoche received the scholastic degree of Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree given, at a exceptionally young age. He gained renown for his powers of memory, intellectual judgement, and penetrating insight.