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Professor Robert AF “Tenzin” 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.

These weekly free podcasts include original content as well as selected highlights from his lectures and presentations given around the world. Robert Thurman is a recognized worldwide authority on these subjects and is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Eastern ideas to our daily lives. He is a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times and People Magazine.

A New York Times Best Selling author, his latest book “Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama” a full color graphic novel published by Tibet House US.


Podcast Episodes

Tibet House US Conversations : Krishna Das – Episode 234 of the Bob Thurman Podcast photo via www.krishandas.com

Tibet House US Conversations : Krishna Das – Ep. 234

Professor Thurman is joined by dear friend Krishna Das in this special episode of the Bob Thurman Podcast to discuss the life and work of Ram Das, the history of mindfulness in the West and for a dialog about remaining cheerful in these troubled times. Podcast includes a short biography of Neem Karoli Baba and… Read more and listen »

Daughters of Nalanda : Buddhist Tantra - Ep. 233 of the Bob Thurman Podcast by Robert A.F. Thurman

Buddha’s Noble Daughters : Buddhist Tantra for All – Ep. 233

In honor of Tibetan New Year and the 600th anniversary of the enlightenment of Tsongkhapa, Professor Thurman gives a teaching on the history of women in Buddhism and details the on-going work to re-evaluate and re-establish Vajrayana Tantric traditions in hearts, minds and lives of institutional monastics and modern householder practitioners. Opening with a short… Read more and listen »

Hiking with the Medicine Buddha - Ep. 232 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image of the Medicine Buddha Mandala via www. himalayaart.com.

Hiking with the Medicine Buddha – Ep. 232

In this episode Robert A.F. Thurman gives an introductory teaching on the history and context of Buddhist Sutras and the Buddhist Medical Tradition as expressed in the mandala of the Medicine Buddha. Using the second chapter of the “The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra : The Teaching of Vimalakīrti” Robert Thurman introduces the idea of a Buddhafield… Read more and listen »

Clash of Civilizations : Buddhism & Modern Culture - Ep. 231 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image by Tenzing Rigdol.

Clash of Civilizations : Buddhism & Modern Culture – Ep. 231

Using popular culture and recent world history as a jumping off point, Robert A.F. Thurman gives a talk on the nature of civilization and the rise, spread and evolution of Buddhist culture and industrial militarism. Opening with an introduction to Samuel P. Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” Professor Thurman… Read more and listen »

Tibet House US Conversations : Nina Rao - Episode 230 of the Bob Thurman Podcast photo via www.ninaraochant.com.

Tibet House US Conversations : Nina Rao – Ep. 230

Professor Thurman in this episode is joined by long time friend and colleague Nina Rao for an extended conversation on the role of environmental responsibility in spirituality and the need to preserve the endangered populations of wild tigers in India. Opening with a short history of wilderness preservation and national parks in the princely states… Read more and listen »

Gross National Happiness : The Four Noble Truths – Ep. 229 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image by Cathal McNaughton via The Atlantic.

Gross National Happiness : The Four Noble Truths – Ep. 229

In this episode Professor Thurman gives a teaching on how the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path find a modern expression in the Gross National Happiness philosophy in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan’s constitution. Opening with a beginners’ introduction to the nature of the Buddha’s discovery, Bob Thurman analyzes modern Bhutanese culture through… Read more and listen »

Buddhism's Fifth Peak : Buddhist History 101 - Ep. 228 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Buddhism’s Fifth Peak : Buddhist History 101 – Ep. 228

Using the work of Buddhologist Gadjin M. Nagao as a roadmap, Professor Thurman leads an introduction to the Buddha’s teachings and gives an inspiring talk on the future “fifth peak” of the history of Buddhism. Reintroducing the idea of Buddhism as an Evolutionary Sport Robert Thurman in this week’s episode describes the six realms of… Read more and listen »

Emptiness & Mandalas : Questioning Buddhism - Ep. 227 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by Manuel Bauer via www.dalailama.com

Emptiness & Mandalas : Questioning Buddhism – Ep. 227

In this questions and answers session Professor Thurman and Sharon Salzberg discuss the interconnected nature of emptiness, compassion, and loving-kindness and the use of mandalas in meditation. Opening with an in-depth exploration of the etymology of the Sanskrit term sunyata, Robert A.F. Thurman gives a teaching on the relationality of emptiness and it’s connections to… Read more and listen »

Preserving Culture with Tibet House US Podcast Bonus of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo of Robert Thurman and Dalai Lama

Preserving Tibetan Culture with Robert Thurman Podcast Bonus

In this extended holiday episode Professor Thurman gives an introduction to the history and mission of the Dalai Lama’s cultural arts center Tibet House US in New York City and its retreat center Menla in Phoenicia, New York. Opening with a personal invitation to the Annual Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert Robert A.F. Thurman gives a… Read more and listen »

Tibet House US Conversations : Sarah Drew – Ep. 226

Tibet House US Conversations : Sarah Drew – Ep. 226

In this episode Professor Thurman is joined by Sarah Drew for a discussion on the need for conscious evolution of individuals in order to address the global climate crisis. Podcast includes: an introduction to the history of the sacred feminine, a examination of the role of oracles and herbal medicine across cultures and a short… Read more and listen »

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