Robert Thurman & Susan A. Landesman: The Tārā Tantra (#156)
Susan A. Landesman, independent scholar and educator in New York City, is the author and translator of “The Tārā Tantra: Tārā’s Fundamental Ritual Text (Tārā-mūla-kalpa),” “Goddess Tārā: Silence and Secrecy on the Path to Enlightenment,” “Tara” (in the Oxford Bibliographies), and “The Tārā Tantra: Part II: The Uttara-tantra” (forthcoming). Having completed her doctorate in Indian and Tibetan languages and cultures at Columbia University, she specializes in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan art, and women in Buddhism.
Robert Thurman is an American Buddhist author, academic, and former Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, before retiring in June 2019. Graduate of Philips Exeter and Harvard, he studied Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism as a personal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He has lectured widely all over the world, is President of the American Institute for Buddhist Studies, and is also a founding trustee of Tibet House New York.
Susan, Robert, and Daniel discuss:
- Susan’s background in visual arts and pathway to Tibetan Buddhism with Prof. Alex Wayman;
- translating with Geshe Lobsang Jamspel at Columbia and her dissertation on the Tārā Tantra;
- the vivid, inspiring imagery of the tantras;
- Tārā’s important role as a Buddha and enlightened protector;
- Susan’s upcoming translation “The Tārā Tantra: Part II: The Uttara-tantra;”
- contemporary Tibetan artist Samten Dakpa;
- and much more.
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About the Interviewee
Susan Landesman is an independent scholar and educator living and working in New York City. She is the author of “Tārā and the Tārā-mūla-kalpa: The Tara Cult’s Formative Period in India,” “Goddess Tārā: Silence and Secrecy on the Path to Enlightenment,” “Tara” (in the Oxford Bibliographies), and The Tārā Tantra: Part II: The Uttara-tantra (forthcoming). She specializes in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan art, and women in Buddhism, having completed her doctorate in Indian and Tibetan languages and cultures at Columbia University.