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Buddhism is Realism : Buddhism 101 - Episode 36 Photo by Wonderlane on Unsplash

Buddhism is Realism : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 36

In this episode Professor Thurman explains, why we may call Buddhism Realism. He presents Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths (or Four Noble Realities) and the Eightfold Path (or 8 Steps of Evolutionary Path) in a manner that is fresh and accessible, as it is profound. Recognition of the symptom, diagnosis of the cause,… Read more and listen »

Misplaced Confidence : Buddha & The Yogis - Ep 35 Photo by Vicky Sim on Unsplash.

Misplaced Confidence : Buddha & The Yogis – Ep. 35

What do we experience when we look inside? Where do we place our confidence? Do we believe that we have mind? In this episode Professor Thurman discusses the power of questioning, the necessity of digging deeper in order to understand mind and its power. The episode is an excerpt from the the “Buddha and Yogis”… Read more and listen »

The Fast Path : Buddha & The Yogis - Episode 34 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image of Gyurme Dorje from the Tibet House US Repatriation Collection via www.himalayanart.org.

The Fast Path : Buddha & The Yogis – Ep. 34

Tantric Buddhism is known as the fast path, meaning that it is possible to become enlightened in one or a few lives, instead of millions. In this podcast, Professor Thurman discusses how we can use our dreams to compress the virtue of many lives into one dream. He also speaks about the role of compassion,… Read more and listen »

Visualizing an Enlightened Universe : Buddha & The Yogis - Ep. 33 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via www.himalayanart.org.

Visualizing an Enlightened Universe – Ep. 33

In this episode, Professor Thurman discusses visualization practice and meditation. He explains how the context which you assume will determine how much progress you can make. When you create an imagined enlightened universe, you are making vivid to yourself a preferable image, as well as loosen your own sense of yourself as being limited and… Read more and listen »

Heart Sutra : Part 2 – Episode 32 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image by Miles Neale.

Heart Sutra Part 2 : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 32

This episode is a continuation of last week’s episode on The Heart Sutra. In this episode, Professor Thurman discusses the questions: How does free will work? What does it mean that we are all effected by causes and conditions? He also discusses how shunyata, or voidness, is a scientific discovery, not just a mystic philosophy…. Read more and listen »

Heart Sutra : Part 1 - Episode 31 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image by Miles Neale.

Heart Sutra Part 1 : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 31

The Heart Sutra is one of the most profound and widely studied texts in the Buddhist canon. In this episode, Professor Thurman reads the Heart Sutra, and explains the meaning as he goes along. This is the first of a two-part episode on the Heart Sutra. This episode was recorded on July 27, 2015 at… Read more and listen »

"Vimalakīrti’s Verses : Deconstructing the Self" - Ep. 30 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by dorota dylka on Unsplash

Vimalakīrti’s Verses : Deconstructing the Self – Ep. 30

In this episode, Professor Thurman explains how to use analysis to realize non-duality. Deconstructing our habitual understanding of body, mind- everything you think of as solid and real dissolves under this analysis, and brings you into a state of samadhi. This is a powerful practice for deeply understanding the nature of things as they are…. Read more and listen »

Meeting Vimalakīrti- Episode Twenty Nine of the Bob Thurman Podcast via Wikimedia.

Meeting Vimalakīrti- Ep 29

In this episode, Professor Thurman reads the first chapter of Vimalakirti, which he translated and has been teaching for nearly forty years. Thurman illuminates the meaning of the text, the historical context, and the various possible translations of important words and concepts that elucidate the Mahayana teaching. Meeting Vimalakīrti- Episode Twenty Nine of the Bob… Read more and listen »

All Beings Are My Mother : Buddhism 101 - Ep. 28 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

All Beings Are My Mother : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 28

In this podcast Robert A.F. Thurman discussed the Buddhist perspective on the health and happiness of all beings. One of the unique aspects of Tibetan culture is that for hundreds of years, thousands of people have been meditating on the thought “every single being has been my mother.” This means that through countless lives, you… Read more and listen »

Bliss is Legal - Ep. 27 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by Ryan McGuire via www.mcguiremade.com.

Bliss is Legal : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 27

In this episode, Professor Thurman points out the unspoken rule in our culture that it isn’t OK to be happy for no apparent reason. He explains that in fact, reality is bliss and joyfulness. When we understand the nature of reality, it makes perfect sense to be happy. We just don’t experience our life that… Read more and listen »

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