Podcast Episodes

Climate Change : Mother Earth in Crisis - Bob Thurman Podcast Bonus Image by Jill Pelto

Climate Change : Mother Earth in Crisis – Podcast Bonus

In this extended podcast bonus Professor Thurman discusses the current global political crisis facing all citizens as the effects of climate change are becoming more and more pronounced in their daily lives. Continuing his call to action for a Democratic Party “Dream Team” in 2020 and discussion on the connections between Buddhism, Democracy and the… Read more and listen »

American Independence Day : Dream Team 2020 - Podcast Bonus

American Independence Day : Dream Team 2020 – Podcast Bonus

A special American Independence Day teaching on the connections between Buddhism and Democracy and a call to action for a Democratic Party Dream Team by Robert A.F. Thurman. American Independence Day : Dream Team 2020 – Podcast Bonus of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by Ben Rosett on Unsplash. To listen to more archive recordings… Read more and listen »

Buddha's Advice on Love and Marriage - Ep. 208 of the Bob Thurman Podcast hoto by Ben Rosett on Unsplash

Buddha’s Advice on Love and Marriage – Ep. 208

In this two part podcast, Professor Thurman discusses the Buddha’s advice on love and marriage and the Buddhist perspective on love, generosity and compassionate relationships. Defining love in Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan, Robert A.F. Thurman leads an in-depth exploration of it’s central role in the Buddha’s teachings, it’s relationship to compassion, empathy, philosophy and the… Read more and listen »

Buddha & The Yogis Menla Retreat 2017 – Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives with Robert Thurman, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor

Buddha & The Yogis : 2017 – Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives

The Buddha & the Yogis all levels intensive series brings together three contemporary Buddhist and yogic masters to actively explore, intellectually and experientially, the profound texts and practices from the yogic technologies associated with Tantric Mahayana Buddhism and Vedantic Hinduism, in the pristine hidden mountain valley of Menla, land of the Medicine Buddha. This extended… Read more and listen »

Flow States : Buddhism and Psychotherapy - Ep. 207 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo Created with love by Ryan McGuire via www.gratisography.com.

Flow States : Buddhism and Psychotherapy – Ep. 207

In this two part podcast, Professor Thurman and Dr. Mark Epstein discuss the Buddhist and Western perspective on the value of meditation and how understanding altered states of consciousness like “flow states” can help shift our relationships to our thoughts, habits and the world around us. Opening with an introduction to the Buddhist concept of… Read more and listen »

Celebrating Shakyamuni : Saka Dawa 2019 – Bob Thurman Podcast Bonus

Celebrating Shakyamuni : Saka Dawa 2019 – Podcast Bonus

In this message celebrating the full moon day of celebration of the birth, enlightenment and passing of the historical Buddha, Professor Thurman gives an extended teaching on how Saka Dawa is celebrated by Tibetans across the world. Saka Dawa, named for the star, Vishakha, prominent during the fourth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar, is… Read more and listen »

Altruism and Compassion : Buddhism 101 - Ep. 206 Photo Created with love by Ryan McGuire via www.gratisography.com.

Altruism and Compassion : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 206

In this episode Robert A.F. Thurman introduces the heart of the Buddha’s teaching through an exploration of the compassionate self-interest and social altruism found in the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path. Opening with a re-telling of the story featured in the “Man of Peace” Graphic Novel about the Dalai Lama’s first encounter with… Read more and listen »

Yoga, Bliss & Mind : Buddhist Inner Sciences - Ep. 205 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Yoga, Bliss & Mind : Buddhist Inner Sciences – Ep. 205

Opening with a discussion on the Buddhist definition of the mind, Professor Thurman details the philosophical history of and essential role of exploring it’s nature through the experience of bliss within the Buddha’s teachings and in it’s meditations and yoga practices. Detailing how Buddhism’s central tenets of causality, emptiness and compassion relate to modern Quantum… Read more and listen »

Exploring Buddhist Opening Verses - Ep. 204 of The Bob Thurman Podcast Dalai Lama teaching

Exploring Buddhist Opening Verses – Ep. 204

Using the “Esoteric Community” (Guhyasamāja), by Tsongkhapa  Professor Thurman discusses the fractal nature of Buddhist writings and how with proper study and meditation upon their salutatory or opening verses one can understand the full meaning of the Buddha’s esoteric and esoteric teachings. Podcast opens with an exploration of the history of Buddhist monastic and university… Read more and listen »

The Year of Tsongkhapa : Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives

The Year of Tsongkhapa : Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives

In this extended archive recording of “The Legacy of Lama Tsongkhapa” Talk by Robert A.F. Thurman from Tse Chen Ling Center in San Francisco celebrates the 600th anniversary of the enlightenment of Tsongkhapa. Opening  with personal reflections upon “The Year of Tsongkhapa”, Robert A.F. Thurman uses the miss-titled “Tibetan Book of The Dead” core teaching… Read more and listen »