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.
In this extended archive recording Robert A.F. Thurman and Dr. Tom Yarnall explore the “Guhyasamāja Tantra King of Tantras – The Glorious Esoteric Community” by Tsongkhapa giving an introduction to Buddhist tantra and the practice of creation stage deity yoga. Includes an exploration of Buddhist Sand or powder mandalas and the chakra system used in… Read more and listen »
In this extended archive recording of the Tibet House US Force For Good class Buddhist Sciences : Vajrayana II Robert A.F. Thurman gives an overview of the esoteric teachings of Buddhism. Using the “Esoteric Community” (Guhyasamāja) by Tsongkhapa, Professor Thurman discusses how with proper study and meditation anyone can understand the full meaning of the… Read more and listen »
Using the poetry of Milarepa, stories of the mahasiddhas Tilopa and Naropa and the historical accounts of the Buddha’s life, Professor Thurman explains the miraculous nature of Buddhism and it’s connection to shamanism. Opening with a discussion of yoga‘s connection to Buddhism and it’s possible Buddhist origins, Robert Thurman gives an inspiring re-telling of the… Read more and listen »
In this two part podcast Robert A.F. Thurman uses stories and lessons learned from his time studying with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to explain the Buddhist perspective on God, gods, goddesses and theism. Joined by Dr. Tom Yarnall in a discussion of “Guhyasamāja Tantra King of Tantras – The Glorious Esoteric Community” by… Read more and listen »
Robert A.F. Thurman leads a close line translation of Jankya Rolway Dorje’s poem “Recognition of Mother Voidness” introducing the Buddhist tradition of enlightenment songs and visionary poetics. Using D.W. Winnocott‘s concept of “good enough mother” Professor Thurman gives a teaching on the radical nature of the Buddha’s teachings and how their insights can provide those… Read more and listen »
Unwinding the mystery of the ancient traditions of Hatha and Vajrayana Yoga, Professor Thurman gives an engaging history and extends a personal invitation to practitioners of both communities to begin developing the esoteric teachings for future generations of sensitive beings. Robert A.F. Thurman opens this week’s episode with an introduction to Buddhist tantra, tantric Abhidharma… Read more and listen »
In this special birthday episode Professor Thurman discusses his personal wishes for his 78th birthday and upcoming attendance at the Climate Reality Project training with Al Gore and his close friends and family. Podcast concludes with a reading of Albert Saijo’s poem “Bodhisattva Vows” by Gary Gach. Birth, Rebirth and Reincarnation Wishes Episode 211 of… Read more and listen »
In this episode Robert A.F. Thurman explores the third branch of the eight-fold path of Buddhism of “Right Livelihood” illustrating the skillful art of navigating personal, romantic and workplace relationships with wisdom, compassion and joy. Opening with a discussion of his forthcoming book “Buddhas Have More Fun!” Robert Thurman explains how the Buddha’s fourth Noble… Read more and listen »
In this podcast Robert A.F. Thurman addresses why the ancient teachings of Buddha and the yogic inner scientists of India and Tibet still find a central role in the hearts, minds and cultures of the Himalayan Plateau, Central Asia and Mongolia. Opening this week’s episode acknowledging the acts of bravery and solidarity found throughout the… Read more and listen »
A special message from Professor Thurman on the historical role of active political engagement in Buddha’s life and how Buddhism is political and always has been. Continuing his call to action for a Democratic Party “Dream Team” in 2020 and for a “Bright Money” campaign based on the wisdom of interdependence, the practice of compassionate… Read more and listen »