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Professor Robert A.F. 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.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 141 Ratings

Professor Robert A.F. 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.

    Thanksgiving and the Power of Compassion for All Beings

    Thanksgiving and the Power of Compassion for All Beings

    In this episode Robert A.F. Thurman shares his Thanksgiving message and gives a powerful teaching on how compassion for all beings can transform one's relationship to the mind, heart, the environment and all situations.
    Opening with a brief history of the original Thanksgiving festivals in Plymouth, this episode includes a deep dive into the nature of compassion from a Buddhist perspective and a call to action to develop wisdom and kindness in everyday life no matter what one's background, faith or tradition might be.

    • 40 min
    Transcendent Wisdom, The Root of Liberation: Jewel Tree of Tibet

    Transcendent Wisdom, The Root of Liberation: Jewel Tree of Tibet

    In this episode Robert Thurman details the concept of emptiness, giving a teaching on the power of the mind to develop transcendent wisdom in order to understand reality as it is using critical thinking, debate, direct experience and meditation.
    This podcast includes discussions of: the scientific nature of the Buddha’s teachings, the illusion-like nature of the appearance of reality, the three types of wisdom (wisdom born of learning, critical reflection, and meditative insight), and an explanation of the differences between Objective Selflessness and Subjective Selflessness.
    Thurman concludes this episode with a guided Four Keys of Selflessness meditation weaving in the modern understanding of quantum physics and the scientific method.
    “Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a wish-fulfilling jewel tree for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone. With “The Jewel Tree of Tibet”, honored scholar and teacher Robert Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted through the spoken word.”
    – Text from endorsement of “The Jewel Tree of Tibet”
    This episode is an excerpt from “The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism” 12-Part audio retreat by Robert Thurman, available from www.soundstrue.com.
    Transcendent Wisdom, The Root of Liberation: Jewel Tree of Tibet - Ep. 311 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via www.shutterstock.com.

    • 53 min
    Life, Love and Enlightenment

    Life, Love and Enlightenment

    In this episode Robert Thurman discusses the power of positive thinking in troubling times and gives a teaching on the Buddhist perspective of love and enlightenment for those of all backgrounds and traditions.
    This podcast includes discussions of: the importance of the 2022 mid-term elections in the United States, the value of democratic institutions across the globe, and a short introduction to Thurman’s book, “Wisdom is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts that Can Change Your Life”, now available from Hay House Publications.

    • 43 min
    Understanding Selflessness & Clearlight: Buddhism 101 – Ep. 309

    Understanding Selflessness & Clearlight: Buddhism 101 – Ep. 309

    Opening with guided meditation on searching for the self, Robert Thurman gives a teaching on self, selflessness and how to understand what clearlight means from the Buddhist perspective.
    “Robert Thurman’s Basic Buddhism is a collective series of five lectures he has given on Buddhism. In these lectures, Thurman patiently takes apart each jewel of Buddhism: the Buddha as the teacher of enlightenment, the Dharma as the teaching, or enlightenment itself, and the Sangha as the historical and current community of learners seeking to become Buddhas.”
    -Text From Better Listen Basic Buddhism
    This episode is an excerpt from the Better Listen “Basic Buddhism” Audio Course. To learn more and to enjoy the full recording, please visit: www.betterlisten.com.

    • 42 min
    Mind Reform: Becoming the Engine of Happiness for All

    Mind Reform: Becoming the Engine of Happiness for All

    Opening with a guided "Seven Limbs of Practice" meditation Robert Thurman in this episode gives an all levels teaching on the Four Noble Truths and the transformational practice of the exchange of self for others or Lojong.
    Episode includes an explanation of the yoga of positive evolutionary action and how acting transcendentally and shift our understanding of reality and emotional interrelationship with all beings, friend, foe, and neutral ones.

    Concludes with an overview of the Bodhisattva vow as taught by Shantideva for those of all backgrounds, faiths and traditions.
    “Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a wish-fulfilling jewel tree for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone. With “The Jewel Tree of Tibet”, honored scholar and teacher Robert Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted through the spoken word.”
    – Text from endorsement of “The Jewel Tree of Tibet”
    This episode is an excerpt from “The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism” 12-Part audio retreat by Robert Thurman, available from www.soundstrue.com.
    Mind Reform: Becoming the Engine of Happiness for All - Ep. 308 via www.shutterstock.com.

    • 47 min
    The Buddha's Enlightenment: Buddhism 101

    The Buddha's Enlightenment: Buddhism 101

    In this episode Robert Thurman re-tells Shakyamuni Buddha’s life story and gives an in-depth teaching on the nature of enlightenment for those of all backgrounds, faiths and traditions.
    "Robert Thurman's Basic Buddhism is a collective series of five lectures he has given on Buddhism. In these lectures, Thurman patiently takes apart each jewel of Buddhism: the Buddha as the teacher of enlightenment, the Dharma as the teaching, or enlightenment itself, and the Sangha as the historical and current community of learners seeking to become Buddhas."
    -Text From Better Listen Basic Buddhism
    This episode is an excerpt from the Better Listen "Basic Buddhism" Audio Course. To learn more and to enjoy the full recording, please visit: www.betterlisten.com.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

mtyogini ,

Latest Episode 277

this is a view of what’s going on right now in the state of the world- worth the listen!

Ajax-21 ,

Amazing!!!

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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