Two of the most important spiritual figures in history emerged in vastly different times and with vastly different challenges.
Yet their discoveries and teachings have much in common AND much to offer your modern life...
Gautama the Buddha was born into great wealth and renounced it all for a life of austerity and ultimate peace.
Jesus ben Joseph was born into an occupied land that was stewing with revolutionary fire.
Both faced corruption in the old order and offered different pathways to transmute the suffering and delusion of the world into the gold of enlightened awareness.
While their journeys, and the traditions that emerged after their lives, may appear quite different, these two figures were indeed brothers in bringing the light of awareness and love into our world, and they point the way to how you, too, can walk a path of embodied bliss and blessing.
However, what is often overlooked is their profound wisdom teachings actually complement AND enhance the other such that, when explored in tandem, they offer you greater wholeness and an elevated approach to awakening.
Buddhism has grown into more of a transformational lineage than a religion in the conventional sense. It’s renowned for its enlightened teachers, offering subtle distinctions between traditions related to levels of consciousness, meditation practice, and ways to refine your mind.
It can be very centering and enlightening AND in many cases can lead to being excessively inward and neglecting the challenges we face in the world.
Christianity has grown into a major faith that has inspired billions with its call to live from love and put spirituality into action in the service of justice.
It can inspire true sacred activism and heartfelt giving in the world AND in many cases puts too little focus on transformative practices and individual awakening.
How can these two great traditions benefit each other — and how can their precious insights about bliss and awakening benefit your life ?
The answers lie in a deeper understanding and rediscovery of what their founding figures actually taught and how they compliment each other.
For the first time publicly, two of today’s most respected spiritual teacher-scholars are coming together to deepen your understanding of the powerful insights, practices and love Jesus and the Buddha offer.
Can Buddhism help soften Christianity’s edges and lead to more truly transformative practices and enlightened followers? And can Christianity help Buddhists be more in the world and tap its passion for justice, which is required to create a truly enlightened society?
And for all of those who are not exclusive followers of either tradition, what profound gifts can we receive that deepen, enrich and open our own spiritual lives?
This event will be sizzling with wisdom, passion and laughter as Robert and Andrew address these questions in ways you’ve never heard.
They will explore:
Join us for what is sure to be a riveting hour that opens your whole being to more grace, wholeness and sacred wisdom. And you’ll also learn about an exciting new program in which these two giants co-lead a training for the first time.
[Robert Thurman] is the Billy Graham of American Buddhism. Or perhaps the St. Paul, a latter-day, larger-than-life scholar-activist destined to convey the dharma, the precious teachings of Siddhartha, from Asia to America.
— Time Magazine, Naming Robert One of the 25 Most Influential Americans
Every age has its teachers who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. And when a generation is very, very lucky, it encounters a teacher so illumined that the words he delivers must be illumined as well. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.
— Marianne Williamson, Author of Everyday Grace
[Robert Thurman] is bright, he's iconoclastic, he's verbal, he's funny, he's avuncular... he's all of those things that you want in a professor. He turns people on.
— Richard Gere, Actor
Andrew is a genius and an inspired visionary who has the ability to interpret the meaning and significance of the chaos and patterns of change that are redirecting the compass of our contemporary culture.
— Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spiritand Sacred Contracts
Robert Thurman is a living treasure, one of today’s most provocative spiritual thinkers.
— Daniel Goleman, Author of Emotional Intelligence
Using humor, passion and analysis, Andrew Harvey challenges us to wake up and get up off of our couches to become the spiritual activists we all can be. A powerful, provocative, prophetic appeal to sanity and activism for our apocalyptic times.
— Reverend Matthew Fox, Author of Creation Spiritualityand Founder of Wisdom University
[Robert Thurman is] the most visible and charismatic exponent of Tibetan Buddhism.
— Rodger Kamenetz, The New York Times Magazine
[Andrew] Harvey’s sacred activism is a corrective to the doomsayers and do-nothings who are part of our problems. He is a modern version of a fiery, Old-Testament prophet, whose words were ignored at great peril. We must attend to Andrew Harvey’s message. Not only will it help us humans regain our sanity, it just might save our skins.
— Larry Dossey, MD, Author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
Robert A.F. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a nonprofit 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. At the request of HH the Dalai Lama, Robert co-founded Tibet House US, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.
Thurman is known as a talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings. He is a riveting speaker and an author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, includingThe Central Philosophy of Tibet, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Why The Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World and, most recently, with Sharon Salzberg, Love Your Enemies. Time chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997 and The New York Times recently said Thurman “is considered the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.”
Inspired by his good friend the Dalai Lama, Thurman stands on Buddhism’s open reality, and thence 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 always shares the sense of refuge in the Dharma, which unfailingly 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.
Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change in order to create peace and sustainability.
Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary, The Making of a Modern Mystic, and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity. He is coauthor of the bestselling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi-inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.
He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.