By Nomi Morris
April 23, 2011
When leading Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman gets together with the Dalai Lama, his friend of nearly 50 years, a lighthearted banter usually breaks through their study and heated political discussions.
"He called me 'king of the ogres' in public, as a joke," said Thurman, who believes he earned the "ogre" nickname because he can be a bit forceful in expressing his views.
Thurman, chair of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, was the first Westerner ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama.
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