Reflections on maintaining Creativity, Inspiration and Hope: A conversation with Eric Ripert, Pico Iyer, Rima Fujita and Robert Thurman | 6:30PM EST

Join us for an online conversation between Chef Eric Ripert, author Pico Iyer and Artist Rima Fujita, discussing their personal experiences of maintaining creativity, inspiration and hope in the context of our pressing world crises.

This conversation will be moderated by Professor Robert Thurman.

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Thursday, June 25, 6.30pm EST, 3.30 PST
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Pico Iyer is the author of 15 books, translated into 23 languages, including a meditation on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, THE OPEN ROAD, and two twinned books on his longtime adopted home, AUTUMN LIGHT and A BEGNINER”S GUIDE TO JAPAN. His four talks for TED have received more than 10 million views so far.


Eric Ripert is the chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin, which holds three Michelin stars and has maintained a four-star rating from The New York Times for more than three decades. He is vice chairman of the board of City Harvest, a New York-based food rescue organization, and author of five cookbooks and a New York Times bestselling memoir, 32 Yolks. His sixth cookbook, Vegetable Simple will be available in September 2020.





Rima Fujita is a visual artist who has exhibited her work internationally for the last 27 years and an author of several picture books including “Save The Himalayas.” As a founder of Books For ChildrenRima has created many educational books and has donated 15K copies to Tibetan refugees in exile. Her picture book on H.H.The Dalai Lama’s life will be published in 2021 from Wisdom Publications.





Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat & Spa. A world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, translator of Buddhist texts, and writer of popular Buddhist books. He recently has been awarded the Padma Shri Award, India’s fourth highest civilian honor for achievement in enriching Indian education and literature. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. To Learn More About Robert A.F. Thurman please visit: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram