Mcleodganj: One of the most senior renowned international scholars of Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Professor Robert Thurman is to be conferred with one of India’s highest civilian award, the Padma Shri for his path-breaking research and contribution in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies. On the eve of India’s 71st Republic Day, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind approved the conferment of Padma Shri Award 2020 to 118 recipients which included Robert Thurman. The Padma Shri is one of the highest civilians honours of the country. The awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March or April every year. Robert Thurman, a noted Buddhist scholar and academic has written, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism.
Thurman, the father of actress Uma Thurman, is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He is also the president of the Tibet House US and American Institute of Buddhist Studies respectively. He translated the Vimalakirti Sutra from the Tibetan Kagyur into English.Prof Thurman is highly known for translations and explanations of Tibetan Buddhist religious and philosophical materials. He was named one of the 25 most influential Americans of 1997.