Podcast Episodes

Flowing Through the Knots – Ep 26

All of us have knots in our energetic system from our conditioning and emotional trauma that need to be uncoiled through spiritual practice. However, if we try to pierce them or muscle our way through them, they just get tighter. In this episode, Professor Thurman, Richard Freeman, and John Campbell discuss how to flow through… Read more and listen »

Buddhist Inner Sciences : Revealing Your Rainbow Body – Ep. 25

Yuthok Nyingthig is the most important practice for Tibetan medicine healing practitioners. The practice of Yuthok Nyingthig helps reveal the rainbow body that is each person’s natural state. Professor Thurman discusses the meaning of empowerment, tantra, and why the rainbow body of natural bliss and happiness is such an important teaching for our modern world…. Read more and listen »

The Ethics of Enlightened Self-Interest - Ep. 24 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

The Ethics of Enlightened Self-Interest – Ep. 24

In this episode, Professor Thurman discusses Buddhist ethics, which he translates as the ten-fold path of skillful and unskillful action. Instead of right and wrong, Professor Thurman urges us to consider ethical behavior as any action that helps us evolve on the path toward enlightenment. Helping others is the heart of skillful action, but it’s… Read more and listen »

Buddhism 101 : Transforming Anger to Compassion - Ep. 23 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Monk

Buddhism 101 : Transforming Anger to Compassion – Ep. 23

One of the Dalai Lama’s slogans is: “If you want to be happy, be compassionate.” In this lecture, Professor Thurman discusses how to do this by opening our hearts to others, especially our enemies. Our enemies aren’t just other people, but within ourselves. By transforming anger towards all our enemies we can find true happiness… Read more and listen »

Buddhist Inner Sciences : Fundamental Mis-knowing - Ep. 22 of the Bob Thurman Dalai Lama Image

Buddhist Inner Sciences : Fundamental Mis-knowing – Ep. 22

The Buddha’s Wheel of Dependent Origination describes the cycle of existence—the endless wheel of samsara and suffering. The first link on this wheel is ignorance, or mis-knowing. Specifically, the idea that we are separate from others. Professor Thurman explains how this fundamental misunderstanding of separateness creates the whole universe of suffering. It is also the… Read more and listen »

Bob B + W Chris Michael Dramatic “Pilgrimage : Buddhist Soul - Ep. 21 of the Bob Thurman Podcast” Photo by Christopher Michel, Used with permission.

Pilgrimage : Buddhist Soul – Ep. 21

In this episode, Professor Robert A.F. Thurman responds to the question: “Does Buddhism believe in a soul?” Buddhism teaches that we have no inherent self, so how can there be life after death and reincarnation? In a concise and humorous way, Professor Thurman explains the Buddhist understanding of existence, non-existence, and what is reborn. This… Read more and listen »

The Uncreated Mind Episode 20 the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by Victoria López on Flickr.com.

The Uncreated Mind : Buddhist Inner Sciences – Ep. 20

In this lecture, Professor Thurman explains the concept of nonduality, and that emptiness doesn’t mean we don’t have a mind. Emptiness means we have an uncreated mind—it has always been there and it can never be destroyed. What this means is that we’re already in nirvana, we’ve always been in nirvana, and we can’t leave… Read more and listen »

Tibetan Book of the Dead : Fierce Deities, Friends & Gurus - Ep. 188 Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

The Danger of “Just Meditate!” – Ep. 19

Professor Thurman discusses the potential dangers of cultivating an empty mind without also developing proper understanding of what emptiness is. Just meditating with our default understanding of reality can temporarily dampen our worries, but it won’t completely overcome them. The danger is that we’ll think we’re already enlightened, and lose the motivation to completely transform… Read more and listen »

Advice on Mahamudra Meditation : Buddhist Inner Sciences 101 Episode 18 the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo of Robert A.F. Thurman at Tibet House US via Nalanda Institute.

Mahamudra Meditation : Buddhist Inner Sciences – Ep. 18

Robert A.F. Thurman gives advice to a group of students who have been learning the Mahamudra (great seal) meditation. This episode is an extract from a lecture given to students of the Nalanda Institute on April 16th. Advice on Mahamudra Meditation : Buddhist Inner Sciences 101 Episode 18 the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo of Robert A.F…. Read more and listen »

Buddha and Yoga : Buddhist Yoga - Ep. 17 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo of Hh Dalai Lama with B.K.S Iyengar from www.dalailama.com.

Buddha and Yoga : Buddhist Yoga – Ep. 17

In this episode Professor Thurman, Richard Freeman, and John Campbell compare and contrast the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages. Bob and Richard discuss the opening verses of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Podcast includes a discussion of atman, raja yoga, mahasiddhas, bliss, and the channels/nadis of the body…. Read more and listen »