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Buddhist Inner Sciences 101: Three Luminosities - Ep. 55 of the Bob Thurman Podcast by Robert A.F. Thurman

Buddhist Inner Sciences 101: Three Luminosities – Ep. 55

In this episode Professor Thurman talks about a coarse, subtle and super subtle body-mind. He then explains the Tibetan Buddhist concept of “three luminosities”: the states of consciousness, which can be experienced either after death, or during sleep. He compares the infinite energy of the clear-light space in our mind with the zero-quantum vacuum energy field. Buddhist… Read more and listen »

bob frank lipman sharon gannon photo from "Why Be Mindful" Episode 54 of the Bob Thurman podcast

Why Be Mindful : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 54

In this episode Robert A.F. Thurman discusses the meditation practices of the mindful revolution from a Buddhist perspective. He discusses its influence on the mind and some different ways it can be practiced: you can count your breath or you can say your mantra. When your mind wanders, you bring it back to the main… Read more and listen »

e Can Make Miraculous Change – A Special Losar Podcast

We Can Make Miraculous Change – A Special Losar Podcast

“We must make miraculous change, and the planet will be better than ever,” – Professor Thurman greets us with this positive message in this special podcast, recorded for the occasion of the Tibetan New Year, Losar. The planet, political systems/structures, society and we personally may experience difficulties and lack of optimism. Nevertheless, he proposes, we… Read more and listen »

Universal Militarism Versus Demilitarized Society - Ep. 53 Photo by Frank Holleman on Unsplash

Universal Militarism Versus Demilitarized Society – Ep. 53

According to Professor Thurman, the only effective institutional opposition to militarism in the history of humanity has been monasticism. He argues that monastic institutions enable the inversion of warriors. The militancy of the warrior is introverted, so that the monk or nun battles with his or her own inner demons of selfishness, anger, greed, and… Read more and listen »

The Pureland and Lotus Sutras - Ep 52 of the Bob Thurman Amitabha/Amitayus Buddha - Pureland (Sukhavati) Image via www.himalayanart.org.

Pureland and Lotus Sutras : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 52

In this podcast Professor Thurman talks about the history and meaning of the Pureland Sutra and the Lotus Sutra. Sutras are canonical scriptures, regarded as records of the oral teachings of Gautama Buddha. The Pureland Sutra is the main sutra of one of the most widely practiced traditions of Buddhism in East Asia, the Pureland… Read more and listen »

MLK + Non-Violence Buddism Podcast

MLK, Buddhism and Non-Violence – Ep. 51

In this podcast Professor Robert A.F. Thurman shares his knowledge of the history of non-violence & Buddhism and their influence on the social and ethical development in the countries where The Buddha’s Teachings have taken root. He talks about mainstream Buddhist societies and counter-cultural Buddhist societies, both of which become devoted to non-violence. This episode… Read more and listen »

Emptiness of Emptiness - Ep. 50 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Emptiness of Emptiness – Ep. 50

In this episode Professor Thurman explains the concept of emptiness. Sometimes people think if they have an experience where things seem to melt into empty space, that it is a realization of emptiness. It is a valuable experience — as long as it’s not misinterpreted — however, it’s not a realization of emptiness. It can… Read more and listen »

Becoming Conscious of the Unconscious - Ep. 49 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by m wrona on Unsplash

Becoming Conscious of the Unconscious – Ep. 49

In this episode Professor Thurman discusses how to deepen our mental realism about what we are, what our inner world & processes are by applying the famous Buddhist Eightfold Path. There is a great difference between Buddhist psychology and Western psychology (not a religious difference, but a scientific one). Buddhist psychology does not accept that… Read more and listen »

Saints and Miracles : Tilopa, Marpa & Milarepa - Ep. 48 of the Bob Thurman Podcast via www.himaylanart.org.

Saints and Miracles : Tilopa, Marpa & Milarepa – Ep. 48

In this podcast Professor Thurman shares the stories of great sinners transforming into great saints, of work-ability of the human mind and preciousness of human life. The miracle stories will go well with your celebratory New Year dinner! Opening this podcast with an introduction to the Buddhist perspective human nature and on the individual’s ability… Read more and listen »

Christmas Podcast: Buddhists Love Jesus Too! Bob Thurman Podcast with Robert A.F. Thurman

Christmas Podcast: Buddhists Love Jesus Too!

Celebrate tonight the welcoming of the Infinite Divine in the form of an innocent child, reaching out not only to humans, but also to non-humans by being born in a manger, and not just to one tribe, but to all of the world, represented by the three wise men. Professor Thurman wishes a Merry Christmas to all of… Read more and listen »

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