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Transcendent Wisdom & Transcendent Love – Ep 65

In this episode Professor Thurman explains the concept of “intrinsic reality” and how it is different from the concept of “relational reality.” He continues by explaining “emptiness,” how it has often been misunderstood for nothingness, and how emptiness is the quality of the relationality of everything, the fact that everything is empty of any non-relational component. By internalizing… Read more and listen »

"Vimalakīrti’s Verses : Buddhalands - Ep. 64 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by Benjamin Balázs on Unsplash

Vimalakīrti’s Verses : Buddhalands – Ep. 64

In this podcast Professor Thurman explains what are Buddhalands and talks about different Buddhalands, based on the Vimalakirti Sutra, which he translated and has been teaching for nearly forty years. “Vimalakīrti’s Verses : Buddhalands – Ep. 64” was recorded on March 17, 2016 at the “Vimalakirti, Prajnaparamita & Avatamsaka Sutras” workshop at Tibet House India. Photo… Read more and listen »

Eight Stages of Dissolution into Death - Ep. 63 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Yamantanka image via www.himalayanart.org.

Eight Stages of Dissolution into Death – Ep. 63

According to Tibetan Buddhism, when we lose consciousness and faint, or fall asleep, we go through the same eight stages, but we don’t normally notice this process. In this podcast Professor Thurman explains what these stages are, and how they are experienced by us. This episode was recorded on February 28, 2016. Eight Stages of… Read more and listen »

Life of Shakyamuni Buddha _ Buddhist History 101 - Ep. 62 of the Bob Thurman Podcast image by Thangka Painting School, Used with permission, All Rights Reserved via www.traditionalartofnepal.com.

Life of Shakyamuni Buddha : Buddhist History 101 – Ep. 62

In this podcast Professor Thurman gives a brilliant compelling account of Buddha’s birth and path to Enlightenment. The account is enriched by his wide-ranging scholarship and familiarity with so many different sources of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life story. This episode is an excerpt from the lecture given at Tibet House US in New York City, January… Read more and listen »

Three Kinds of Giving - Episode 61 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo Julien Ricard

Three Kinds of Giving : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 61

Tibetan Buddhism teaches that there are three kinds of giving: the giving of material objects, the giving of security and protection, and the giving of teaching. The giving of teaching is considered to be the most important one. In this podcast Professor Thurman talks about these different kinds of giving, about the importance of skillfulness… Read more and listen »

“Guru: A Boss Or A Friend? - Episode 60″ of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by Chris Michel, Used with permission.

Guru: A Boss Or A Friend? – Ep. 60

The Indian word “guru” means “heavy” in Sanskrit, reflecting an understanding from the Indian society of Buddha’s time, in which the guru figure was an authority or a father figure. Buddha challenged this understanding by undercutting the role of a teacher as an authority figure and by refusing to present himself as such an authority…. Read more and listen »

Anger Management for Women - Ep. 59 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Illustration by Viv Tanner, All rights reserved.

Anger Management for Women – Ep. 59

In Professor Thurman’s view, men in our society are socialized to express their anger more readily than women and are expected to be generally more dominating. Women are socialized to be more patient and accepting. Some say, they should find their way to equality through expressing more anger. However, Professor Thurman continues, we would be… Read more and listen »

Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine - Ep. 58 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Digital Image by Adam Martinakis, All Rights Reserved.

Sacred Feminine & Masculine : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 58

In this episode Professor Thurman shares some secrets of a long marriage, talks about the relationship between sacred feminine and sacred masculine, and about the balance of the feminine and masculine energies in the world and inside of oneself. Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 58 of the Bob Thurman Podcast… Read more and listen »

Is the Goal of Buddhism to Become Nobody? - Ep. 57 of the Bob Thurman Podcast photo by David Gabriel Fischer via Zen Diary.

Is the Goal of Buddhism to Become Nobody? – Ep. 57

The reason why we sometimes think that the goal of Buddhism is just to become nobody is because we don’t understand the concept of selflessness. Selflessness does not mean that we are nobody, it does not mean that we cease to exist. There is no way you can ever not exist, just as you cannot… Read more and listen »

Darwin, Marx, Freud & Buddha - Ep. 56 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Darwin, Marx, Freud & Buddha – Ep. 56

In this podcast Professor Thurman discusses how the ideas of Darwin, Marx and Freud, although brilliant, are based on a rather despondent bottom line assessment: that we as humans are a bunch of helpless robots. But is it true that we can never understand our unconscious? Are we helpless victims of our genes? Are we the… Read more and listen »

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