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Professor Robert A.F. “Bob” Thurman’s official podcast covers diverse topics including Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, spirituality, Tibetan Culture, Asian history, philosophy, Eastern Ideas, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Bob Thurman Podcast: Buddhas Have More Fun‪!‬ Robert A.F. Thurman

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 101 Ratings

Professor Robert A.F. “Bob” Thurman’s official podcast covers diverse topics including Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, spirituality, Tibetan Culture, Asian history, philosophy, Eastern Ideas, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

    Tibet House US Menla Conversation with Philip Goldberg and Robert Thurman

    Tibet House US Menla Conversation with Philip Goldberg and Robert Thurman

    Opening with a recommendation of "Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times" by Philip Goldberg, Robert Thurman in this episode sits down with its author for a far ranging discussion on Western Spirituality, Meditation, climate change, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Tibet's Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
    In this episode Robert Thurman and Philip Goldberg share reflections on: the San Francisco Renaissance, the effect of the counter culture of the 1950s on modern spirituality and stories from their time in India, and lessons from studying Buddhist and Transcendental meditation.

    Podcast Includes a discussion of the 75th publication anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi", a short history of The Esalen Institute and the value of personal study and reading to any spiritual tradition or path of transformation.

    Episode concludes with an extended dialogue on the connections between Buddhism, Vedanta, and writings of the Transcendentalist and Beat Poets, and the Dalai Lama's Four Aims in Life.

    Philip Goldberg is the an author, public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. A Los Angeles resident, he co-hosts the Spirit Matters podcast, leads American Veda Tours, conducts online courses and workshops, and blogs regularly on Elephant Journal and Spirituality & Health.

    To learn more, please visit: www.philipgoldberg.com.

    • 51 min
    Tibet House US Menla Conversation with Laura Galloway & Robert Thurman

    Tibet House US Menla Conversation with Laura Galloway & Robert Thurman

    In this heart centered conversation spanning from the remote Arctic communities of Norway to the compassionate wisdom contained in everyone, Robert Thurman is joined by author and explorer of inner and outer landscapes, Laura Galloway, to discuss the creative inspiration of interdependence found in nature, our world and in every day relationships.

    Opening with a recommendation of Laura's book "Dálvi: Six Years in the Arctic Tundra", Robert Thurman leads a dialog exploring the value of contemplation, study, writing, and why supporting the remaining nomadic cultures of Tibet, Mongolia, Russia, and Scandinavian is vital to planetary survival in the face of the climate crisis.

    Drawing inspiration from their time studying languages, time spent communing with nature through hiking, wilderness exploration and animal care giving, Bob and Laura in this podcast explore the rich traditions of the Sámi, The First Peoples of Canada, and the indigenous cultures of Tibet and the Americas.

    To learn more about "Dálvi: Six Years in the Arctic Tundra", and the work of Laura Galloway, please visit: www.authorlauragalloway.com.

    • 58 min
    Chicken and the Egg: Bardos, Buddhas and Buddhist Cosmology

    Chicken and the Egg: Bardos, Buddhas and Buddhist Cosmology

    Opening the imaginative gateways using the miss-titled "Tibetan Book of the Dead" as his guide, Robert Thurman in this episode gives a teaching on the Buddhist perspective on the origins of the universe, emptiness, and selflessness.

    Using stories from his time teaching at Columbia & Amherst Universities, and from his time studying with Geshe Wangyal, Tara Tulku, and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Bob Thurman discusses the value of developing critical wisdom, intuition and compassion and supportive behavior during the death process and in our daily lives.
    Starting with defining what a Buddha is from a Non-Buddhist perspective, podcast includes a guided meditation on emptiness and an in-depth examination of causality.
    "Chicken and the Egg: Bardos, Buddhas and Buddhist Cosmology"  - Ep. 273 of the Bob Thurman podcast was recorded during the on-going Tibet House US | Menla Online “Bardo” teachings with Andrew Holecek, available via www.teachable.com.
    To learn more about Robert A.F. Thurman’s classic retreat audio recordings, please visit www.soundstrue.com or new audio book version of “Liberation Through Understanding in the Between: Tibetan Book of the Dead” by Penguin Audio, please visit: www.bobthurman.com.

    Chicken and the Egg: Bardos, Buddhas and Buddhist Cosmology Photo via www.gratisography.com.

    • 42 min
    Four Noble Truths and Buddha’s Three Vehicles

    Four Noble Truths and Buddha’s Three Vehicles

    In this episode Robert Thurman invites all sensitive beings to explore the Buddha's discovery of the interrelated blissful nature of reality through a close line reading of The "Dharmacakrapravartana Sutra" or First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma.
    Podcast includes an in-depth exploration of the eight-fold fold path and four noble truths, an introduction to Professor Thurman's book "Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change your Life" and his "Vajra Yoga Practice Through the Buddha's Three Vehicles: 18 Week Immersion" presented by the Yoga Space and Tibet House US | Menla Online.

    From the course description:
    "During the days of Patāñjali, the Buddhist mendicant and lay Sangha Community was omnipresent in his neighborhood, as witnessed by the many practices and concepts shared by the Buddhist Sutras and his own amazing, famous Yoga Sutra.
    Understanding the essence of the Buddha’s practical teachings and their contributions to the universal values based on the general Indian Inner Science (adhyātmavidyā) enables today’s yogi/nīs to connect to Patāñjali’s wisdom, more easily integrating its vision with the compassionate mindset it automatically unfolds. It also helps contextualise the teachings of the Great Adepts (mahāsiddha) of India, the many non-sectarian master yogi/nīs of Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism and Vaishnavism.
    Fully aligned with His Holiness’s the Dalai Lama commitments in life, this course will show how practical the Buddha’s teachings are, how closely they relate to the wisdom of yoga, and how compassion can be an effective and efficient tool in re-building contemporary societal structures.
    This Master Class will support the teachings in the Teacher Training course and allow an inclusive exploration of spirit, mind, and body yoga to develop true inner wisdom and help on the path to enlightenment.
    This is an extensive 18 Week Fall/Winter course, which will include guided meditative talks and transmissions from Tenzin Bob on the inner wisdom found in the Individual, Universal, and Vajra Clearlight Vehicles of Buddhism. It can be also be taken as a stand-alone introduction to the advanced Vajra Yoga course sequence.
    Course includes 12 seminal talks and guided meditations on each vehicle, accessible on Mondays and Wednesdays, paralleled by concise readings, for students to meditate on and study the yogic insights on each level. Students will meet each Thursday with Tenzin Bob for a Live Zoom Q&A.

    To learn more about this online offering, please visit: www.bobthurman.com.

    The Four Noble Truths & Buddha's Three Vehicles with Robert Thurman photo by Raimond Klavins.

    • 52 min
    Millennial Consciousness: Bliss & Buddhaverses

    Millennial Consciousness: Bliss & Buddhaverses

    Using “The Vimalakirti Sutra” as a guide Robert Thurman gives an introduction to the historical Buddha's insight into the blissful nature of reality and to the practical tools of positive transformation found through out his teachings.
    "In this passionate, incisive, and often hilarious joyride of the mind and spirit, Thurman explores: mindful communities as "enlightenment factories" and how they have sparked “inner” revolutions throughout history; the Buddha's philosophy of life, liberty, and the pursuit of real happiness; how compassion and nonduality spur social action; the vision of sacred texts for the future of humanity; and much more."

    Podcast includes a short history of the Three Vehicles of Buddhism and to the Four Noble Truths.

    Recorded during the San Francisco Zen Center's Buddhism at Millennium's Edge year long series, Millennial Consciousness: Bliss & Buddhaverses – Ep. 271 of the Bob Thurman Podcast is excerpted “Making the World We Want” by Robert A.F. Thurman, Available via www.audible.com.

    • 56 min
    In The Garden of Amrapali: Buddhism and the Multiverse

    In The Garden of Amrapali: Buddhism and the Multiverse

    Opening with a reading of the mind expanding descriptions of the multitude of Gods, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Divine Creatures found in "The Vimalakirti Sutra", Robert Thurman gives a concise teaching on the nature of Dharma as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha.
    "The Vimalakirti Sutra teaches a nondualistic wisdom and reconciliation of dichotomies. It challenges ordinariness and reveals systematic and effective ways of tapping higher potentials while upholding one’s usual responsibilities and enriching long-term relationships.
    Robert Thurman examines one of the most sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism, The Vimalakirti-nirdesha Sutra. To any Buddhist practitioner, particularly those of Vajrayana Buddhism and Zen, this sutra is of the utmost importance. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha, but an ordinary man, who, in his mastery of the teaching and spiritual practice, personifies the ideal lay believer, assuring commoners that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment comparable to those accessible to monks. The sutra teaches, among other subjects, the meaning of non-duality Thurman discusses the background of the sutra, its place in the development of Buddhist thought, and the profundities of its principal teaching: emptiness."
    In The Garden of Amrapali: Buddhism and the Multiverse is excerpted from “The Yoga of Ordinary Living” by Robert A.F. Thurman, Available via www.betterlisten.com.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

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101 Ratings

101 Ratings

mtyogini ,

Latest Episode 274

the interview with Laura Galloway was interesting and would of been easier to listen to if a sound technician had edited it. the delay led to them talking over one another which made it hard to follow. most of Bobs interviews are good but he really needs a podcast staff/technicians to smooth it out some ! will keep listening!

Ajax-21 ,


Fantastic program. Very informative, and clearly presented.

Kunga Chodzin ,

Wisdom and Compassion Distilled

Dr. Thurman is a wise and compassionate teacher. His teaching and podcast has brought Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom to life for me and has greatly improved my sense of well being. Listening to Dr. Thurman will leave you strengthened, kinder, and happier as you go through your day and life.

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