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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 »

Buddhism in the West : The Pursuit of Happiness – Ep. 225 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by Luke Stackpoole via Unsplash

Buddhism in the West : The Pursuit of Happiness – Ep. 225

Examining the spread of Buddhism in the West through the organizations and communities found in the United States Robert A.F. Thurman gives a teaching on the Buddhist methods any individual can use in their pursuit of happiness no matter their background. Opening with an exploration of the Buddhist perspective on the role and personal joy… Read more and listen »

Buddhism As Evolutionary Sport - Ep. 224 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via Wellcome Collection.

Buddhism As Evolutionary Sport – Ep. 224

Using the historical spread of the Buddha’s teachings as a road map Robert A.F. Thurman introduces Buddhist life and practice as an evolutionary sport which effectively transforms the hearts, minds and societies of the individuals who encounter it and make their precious human lives supremely meaningful for self and others. Opening with an exploration of… Read more and listen »

Bright Money for the Climate : Truth in Action – Ep. 223 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by rupixen.com on Unsplash.

Bright Money for the Climate : Truth in Action – Ep. 223

In this episode Professor Thurman invites listeners to join him in responding to the inescapable environmental crisis through the development of a bright money campaign and more democratic solutions for the 2020 election. Opening with a discussion of the work of Jane Mayer, Robert A.F. Thurman details his vision for a Democratic Party “Dream Team”… Read more and listen »

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