Tibet House US
Tibet House US (THUS) is a cultural preservation and education nonprofit founded in 1987 in New York City by a group of Westerners after the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, had expressed his wish to establish a cultural institution.
Tibet House US
|Location||22 West 15th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan, New York, USA|
|President||Robert A. F. Thurman|
Tibet House US builds awareness of Tibetan culture through education on philosophy, cognitive or mind science based on the workings of mind and emotions, techniques of mediation and mental transformation, arts and culture. These are presented to the public utilizing:
- Lectures, classes and workshops on mind science, philosophy and meditation classes, with teachers from many traditions including the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, and psychiatrists and meditation teachers such as Mark Epstein, Joe Loizzo and Sharon Salzberg.
- A gallery that presents a rotating permanent collection and multiple exhibitions yearly of modern and ancient works from Buddhist cultures including Tibet, Mongolia, Korea, Japan and Russia.
- Traveling exhibitions, conferences, print publications and media productions including online courses, books, a biography of the Dalai Lama in graphic novel form  and a quarterly magazine.
- Lectures and events for the Tibetan community.
- The Art of Freedom Award, honoring outstanding contributions reflecting THUS' mission, has been presented to author and human rights advocate Eliot Pattison, director Martin Scorsese, and artist Roy Lichtenstein, among others.
- A traditional Tibetan shrine room.
- A library of books and videos.
- Online digital archives.
- Tours to areas of Buddhist cultural influence.
Founded in 1987 by Columbia University professor and THUS President Robert Thurman, the first western Buddhist monk, actor and Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, Richard Gere, and modern composer and THUS Vice President Philip Glass, in New York City, THUS preserves and presents Tibet's intangible culture heritage, often in cooperation with other educational and cultural institutions. THUS also serves as a meeting place for the local Tibetan and Tibetan Buddhist communities to hold programs and events.
Fundraising events include a yearly auction and dinner, and a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall organized by Phillip Glass that has featured Patty Smith, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Iggy Pop, Björk, Debbie Harry, Gogol Bordello, FKA Twigs, and many other musicians over its thirty-plus years history.
THUS started the Repatriation Collection and the Old Tibet Photographic Archive in 1992. Containing over 3,000 objects and images from Tibet, these archives document the destruction of over 6000 monasteries, temples and historic buildings that were destroyed, and the contents that were pillaged.
- The Tibetan Wheel of Existence, Jacqueline Dunnington, 2000, ISBN 978-0967011530
- Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, Marylin Rhie and Robert Thurman, co-published with Harry N. Abrams Co., 1991 – 1998 in English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Japanese, and Chinese; 2000, ISBN 0810939851
- Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion, Marylin Rhie and Robert Thurman, essay by David Jackson, co-published with the Rubin Museum, Harry N. Abrams Co., 1991, ISBN 9780810963870
- Mandala: The Architecture of Enlightenment, Denise P. Leidy, Robert Thurman., first edition published with Asia Society and Shambhala Publications, thereafter Overlook Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0500280188
- A Shrine For Tibet: The Alice S. Kandell Collection, Marylin Rhie & Robert Thurman, 2010, ISBN 978-1590203101
- Visions of Tibet: Outer, Inner, Secret, photographs by Brian Kistler, introduction by Robert Thurman, ed. Thomas Yarnell, Overlook Duckworth, 2005, ISBN 978-1585677412
- Vanishing Tibet, Catherine Steinmann and Danny Conant, 2008, ISBN 978-1590200957
- Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet, graphic novel, William Meyers, Robert Thurman, Michael G. Burbank,initiated artistically by Rabkar Wangchuk, art a team effort of five artists coordinated by Steve Buccellato and Michael Burbank, ISBN 978-1941312032
Translations and scholarly worksEdit
The Treasury of Buddhist Sciences, series, editors, Robert Thurman, Thomas Yarnall and The Treasury of Indic Sciences, series, editors Robert Thurman, Gary Tubb and Thomas Yarnall, copublished with the American institute of Buddhist Studies and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies; Columbia University Press:
- Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature, Lozang Jamspal, et al., 2004, ISBN 978-0-9753734-0-8
- Kalacakra Tantra: Chapter on the Individual, Vesna Wallace, 2004, ISBN 978-0-9753734-1-5
- Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty, Joseph Loizzo, et al., 2007, ISBN 978-0-9753734-2-2
- Kalacakra Tantra: The Sadhana Chapter, Vesna Wallace, 2010, ISBN 978-0-9753734-4-6
- Tsong Khapa’s Extremely Brilliant Lamp, Robert Thurman, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935011-00-2
- The Range of the Bodhisattva, Lozang Jamspal, 2010, ISBN 978-1-935011-07-1
- Consciousness, Knowledge, and Ignorance, Bina Gupta, 2011, ISBN 978-1-935011-03-3
- My Appeal to the World, 14th Dalai Lama, Sofia Stril-Rever, compiler, Robert Thurman, foreword, 2015, ISBN 978-0967011561
- The Dalai Lama and the King Demon: Tracking a Triple Murder Mystery Through the Mists of Time, Raimondo Bultrini, 2013, ISBN 978-0967011523
- A Drop from the Marvelous Ocean of History, Lelung Tulku Rinpoche XI, 2013, ISBN 978-0967011592
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