larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the dharma, the precious teachings of Siddhartha, from Asia to America.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 18, 2009
The New York Open Center is excited to present an evening lecture designed to discuss the joys and challenges of the spiritual path. In this special evening, writer Phil Cousineau hosts comparative religion scholar Karen Armstrong and Professor of Buddhist studies Dr. Robert Thurman for a discussion of "The Spiritual Quest" as both a personal and religious phenomenon. The conversation will draw from personal experiences and both guests' extensive knowledge of different religious traditions to illuminate some of the individual and universal dimensions of the spiritual quest. This program will be videotaped and broadcast as a part of LINK TV's Global Spirit series, which will premiere on U.S. television on April 12.
What: Evening lecture with Karen Armstrong and Robert Thurman
Date: Thursday, Feb 19th
Where: CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th streets
Press RSVP: Julia Pacetti, jpacetti (at) linktv (dot) org or Gail Johnson, gailj (at) opencenter (dot) org
The general public may register online at, http://www.opencenter.org/content/view/2253/5/, or by calling 212-219-2527 ext. 2
About the Participants:
Karen Armstrong is a British author of numerous works on comparative religion, who first rose to prominence with her highly successful A History of God. A former Catholic nun, Armstrong has recently called for a council of Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders to draw up a 'Charter of Compassion' to foster greater global understanding, an interfaith initiative which was awarded the 2008 TED Prize.
Robert Tenzin Thurman is a prolific writer, the co-founder of Tibet House U.S., and professor of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University. In 1997, Thurman was named by Time magazine as one of its 25 most influential Americans, describing him as a "larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the dharma, the precious teachings of Siddhartha, from Asia to America."
Phil Cousineau is a writer, teacher, storyteller and close collaborator of Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith. He lectures frequently on mythology, movies, writing, mentorship and creativity.
Media contacts: Julia Pacetti, jpacetti (at) linktv (dot) org, (917) 584-7846 or Gail Johnson, gailj (at) opencenter (dot) org, 212-219-2527 ext 160