Robert Thurman and Hyun Kyung Chung Interview
by Llewellyn Smith
What is our body, what is its meaning in this life? We put these questions and others to two spiritual luminaries with different cultural and life perspectives.
OUR SKIN IS NOT OUR BODY: A Conversation with Robert Thurman and Hyun Kyung Chung
Professor Hyun Kyung Chung is a lay theologian of the Presbyterian Church of Korea. Much of her energies and writings are devoted to deepening interfaith dialogue and peacemaking, as well as critical issues in ecumenical theologies. A prolific author and translator of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, Tenzin Robert Thurman is the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House in New York.
Our provocative dialogue on the body and its significance explored numerous topics, including body as a continuum for life, the meaning of the Virgin Mary’s virginity, patriarchal dominance of women in religion, and why even Buddhists may be fearful of root canals.