Robert Thurman of Columbia is arguably the foremost expert on Buddhism in the West. He is a graduate of Exeter and Harvard undergrad and for his PhD. A longtime friend of the Dalai Lama, he is a former monk fluent in Tibetan. Along with the actor Richard Gere, he founded Tibet House in Manhattan. He is also the father of actress Uma Thurman.
Professor Thurman discusses his understanding of Buddhism in the interview and why he is such a strong believer. He also discusses the current situation in Tibet and what he sees for the future there, and why he is optimistic.