Strangely, the first thing I thought of today while waiting for Professor Thurman’s talk to start was the importance of following your bliss. This is a statement, made by Joseph Campbell, that I frequently recall and hope I have the good luck and courage to achieve myself. Maybe it is because Professor Thurman is one of those rare few who has stepped outside of societal norms and followed his bliss and has been hugely successful by doing so.
A very brief summary of Professor Thurman: He was born on August 3, 1941 and is an influential and prolific American Buddhist writer and academic who has written, edited or translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism. He had an accident in 1961, and he decided to refocus his life. He divorced his wife, and travelled in Turkey, Iran and India. He became a Buddhist and was ordained in 1964, the first American Buddhist monk of the Tibetan tradition. He studied with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, who became a close friend. (More detail can be found on Wikipedia). Read more