Robert Thurman, PhD, is an influential American Buddhist author, academic, and human rights activist. He taught at Amherst and Columbia universities, cofounded the Tibet House in New York at the request of the Dalai Lama, and has received the prestigious Padma Shri award for his work in literature and education.
When people and circumstances upset us, how do we deal with them? Often, we feel victimized. We become hurt, angry, and defensive. We end up seeing others as enemies, and when things don't go our way, we become enemies to ourselves.
Prof. Thurman discusses Buddhist ethics, which he translates as the ten-fold path of skillful and unskillful action. Instead of right and wrong, Professor Thurman urges us to consider ethical behavior as any action that helps us evolve on the path toward enlightenment.