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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 • 154 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.

    Understanding Transcendence & Freedom From Absolutism

    Understanding Transcendence & Freedom From Absolutism

    Opening with a discussion of transcendence in Buddhist science and philosophy, Robert Thurman gives a teaching on selflessness, transcendent wisdom, and the key of how to develop freedom from absolutism in order to cultivate altruism and interconnection with all beings and reality.
    This podcast includes a discussion on how understanding selflessness leads beyond space-like equipoise samadhi to natural focus on universal love and compassion, intensifying the desire to be of benefit to oneself and all others.

    The episode concludes with a line reading of the first chapter of “The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti Sutra,” with a discussion of the infinite multiverse and Buddha Lands (or Buddhaverses) as taught by the historical Buddha in his Mahayana Sutras, disclosing his Universal Vehicle of Buddhism.
    “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 the enlightenment reality 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.
    Podcast thumbnail photo via www.shutterstock.com.

    • 47 min
    The Three Jewels of Buddhism in India, China & Tibet

    The Three Jewels of Buddhism in India, China & Tibet

    Opening with a discussion of the disappearance of Buddhism in India, Robert Thurman gives a teaching on the history of the Buddhist community and the flowering of the Buddha’s teachings in Tibet.
    This podcast includes an extended discussion on the influence of China and Chinese Communism upon Buddhism in Tibet and on Tibetan culture.
    “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 the enlightenment reality 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.
    Podcast Thumbnail Photo via www.shutterstock.com.

    • 48 min
    Tara & Women in the Buddhist Sangha

    Tara & Women in the Buddhist Sangha

    Opening with a discussion of the goddess Tara, Robert Thurman gives a teaching on the differences between Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the role and place of women in the early Buddhist Sangha, the community of followers of the Buddha and his teachings.

    This podcast includes an extended discussion of the symbolism of the Wheel of Dharma and the value of developing selflessness on the spiritual path.
    “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 the enlightenment reality 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.
    Podcast Thumbnail Photo via www.shutterstock.com.

    • 45 min
    Sangha & The Wheel of Dharma: Buddhism 101

    Sangha & The Wheel of Dharma: Buddhism 101

    Opening with a discussion of the symbolism of the wheel of Dharma, Robert Thurman gives a teaching on the three jewels of Buddhism, focusing on the community of followers of Buddha and his teachings, known as the Sangha.
    “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 the enlightenment reality 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.

    Podcast Thumbnail Photo via www.shutterstock.com.

    • 43 min
    Bliss, Tantra & Selflessness: Buddhism 101

    Bliss, Tantra & Selflessness: Buddhism 101

    Opening with a discussion of selflessness, Robert Thurman gives a teaching on the nature of Buddhist Tantra and the central roles of reason, bliss and meditation in constructing a positive self identity in order to develop one’s own Buddha nature, free of suffering and ignorance.
    “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 the enlightenment reality 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.

    Podcast Thumbnail Photo by Martijn Vonk on www.unsplash.com.

    • 43 min
    Understanding Tantra, Zen & Vajrayana: Buddhism 101

    Understanding Tantra, Zen & Vajrayana: Buddhism 101

    Opening with a definition of Buddha-lands, Robert Thurman gives a teaching on Buddhist Tantra and its interrelationship with Zen, Vajrayana, and all other schools of Buddhism.
    “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.

    Podcast Thumbnail photo by Samuel Austin on Unsplash.com

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

mtyogini ,

Latest Episode 316

FYI - this episode keeps repeating itself
it’s not the whole lecture!!!!

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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