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Buddhism 101: Creative + Humorous Rudeness – Ep. 160

Joined by Foundation for the Sacred Stream’s Isa Gucciardi Ph.D. Robert AF Thurman in this podcast discusses the power of creative and humorous rudeness as taught by Shantideva, Tibet’s Dalai Lama and by his beloved teacher: wife of fifty years Nena von Schlebrügge. This two part podcast begins with Professor Thurman recounting personal stories from… Read more »

Super Knowledge For Busy People : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 159

In this recording from his early days at Columbia University Professor Thurman explores Indo-Tibetan Buddhism in the intellectual setting of ancient India and Tibet, how it relates to modern philosophical thought and to the mindfulness revolution in popular culture. Focusing on the Dialecticist Centrism found in the writings of Aryadeva, Dharmakīrti, Dignāga, Tsongkhapa, Vasubandhu & in… Read more »

Mandala Building + Mantra Practice : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 152

The Mandala is central to the visual language of Tibetan Buddhist culture and to the rich meditative traditions as taught by its Dalai Lamas, Yogis, Monks & Nuns.  In this two part podcast Robert AF Thurman gives an in depth teaching on the building of mandalas (both physically + conceptually) explaining some of the traditional… Read more »

Lam Rim: Stages of The Path – Buddhism 101 – Ep. 142

Exploring the history of the “Lam Rim: Stages of The Path” a collection of mind training teachings preserved in Tibet, Professor Thurman provides an introduction to these cherished practices as refined + passed down by Tsongkhapa & the Dalai Lama lineage. Podcast includes a discussion of Gendün Druppa the First Dalai Lama, the centrality of… Read more »

Buddhism 101: Tara Meditation with Isa Gucciardi – Ep. 133

In this podcast Professor Thurman is joined by Foundation of the Sacred Stream’s Isa Gucciardi Ph.D. in exploring the symbolism used in traditional Buddhist Tara visualizations & in shamanistic practices. Includes a discussion of the use of sound, light, movement & dreams in rituals, an explanation of the practice of working with the unconscious and… Read more »

Buddhism 101: Four Noble Facts & The Eightfold Path – Ep. 130

In this extended podcast Professor Thurman begins with an explanation of the Four Noble Truths teaching & then details the systematic process of enlightenment as laid out by the historical Buddha known as the The Eightfold Path. The Eightfold path, breaks down into what’s known as the three educations. Of those three educations you have… Read more »

Buddhism 101: Six Realms of Existence – Ep. 127

In Buddhism, the most popular mandala is that of the Wheel of Life, a visual representation of the Six Realms of Existence. Traditionally the six realms into which a sentient being can reincarnate in its endless succession of lives. In this podcast Mark Epstein + Professor Thurman detail the Six Realms in Buddhist Cosmology and… Read more »

Buddhism 101 : The Four Noble Truths – Ep. 124

In this podcast Professor Thurman provides the context of the Buddha’s Enlightenment before launching into a succinct explanation of The Four Noble Truths. Opening this week’s episode with a discussion of the historical and spiritual setting in which the Buddha attained enlightenment, Robert A.F. Thurman gives an introduction to his discoveries and how they are… Read more »

Cool & Inner Revolutions : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 121

The Buddha’s core teachings call for a series of revolutions in the individual’s perspective which then affect the surrounding community, culture & society in what Professor Thurman defines as a cool revolution. This podcast explores the themes of awakening consciousness, spiritual activism, transformative medicine of Buddha, facing wide ranging crises in our human condition today… Read more »

Buddhism 101: Tibet’s Dalai Lama – Ep. 110

Tibet’s Dalai Lama is one of the world’s most respected, influential & beloved yet little understood refugees. In this podcast Professor Thurman gives an overview of the life of the Buddha, The Four Noble Truths & their connection to the modern reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. This podcast is a part of the Buddhism 101… Read more »