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Two Kinds of Bodhichitta : Shantideva - Episode 47 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via www.himalayanart.org.

Two Kinds of Bodhichitta : Shantideva – Ep. 47

In this podcast Professor Thurman explains the meaning of the cornerstone Buddhist concept of Bodhichitta, which is of two kinds: love & compassion and wisdom of emptiness. Enlightenment is a complete manifestation of it . . . This episode was recorded on December 5, 2015 at the “Shamans and Siddhas: Meeting at the Crossroads of… Read more and listen »

Human Rights and Buddhism – Episode 46 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Human Rights & Buddhism : Buddhist History 101 – Ep. 46

Prince Siddhartha was asserting his human right to seek his own flourishing and fulfillment as a human individual rather than serve the community as a king at the wish of his father and of his society. He didn’t consider that he was able to really help people who he was supposed to be helping as… Read more and listen »

Shantideva: Seventeen Great Pandits of Nalanda - Episode 45 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via Wikimedia.

Shantideva: Seventeen Great Pandits of Nalanda – Ep. 45

In this episode Professor Thurman talks about the Seventeen Great Scholars of Nalanda. They taught at Nalanda, which was a renowned Buddhist University, which traditionally is said to have grown out of a monastery established during the Buddha’s time. His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says that he is not necessarily a follower of this… Read more and listen »

Buddhism 101 : What does Buddha Feel? - Ep. 44 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Robert A.F. Thurman

Buddhism 101 : What does Buddha Feel? – Ep. 44

What does it mean to become a Buddha? Does it mean to disappear into space separate from everything? To feel superior? To become a servant of others? In this episode Professor Thurman discusses what it means to be a Buddha, talks about extreme views of absolutism and nihilism and about the necessity of critical and… Read more and listen »

Shantideva: Anger Management – Ep. 43 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via www.himalayanart.org.

Shantideva: Anger Management – Ep. 43

We all know what anger is. When a situation is going wrong for us — when something we wanted to see happening doesn’t, or when something we don’t want to see happening is happening — we get frustrated. That frustration is a fuel of anger. Some people may advise: “Just swallow your anger,” but if… Read more and listen »

Shantideva: Exchanging Oneself for Others – Ep. 42 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Shantideva: Exchanging Oneself for Others – Ep. 42

“Since I and other beings, both, in wanting happiness are equal and alike, what difference is there to distinguish us, that I should strive to have my happiness alone?” In this podcast Professor Thurman discusses the ideas, advanced by Buddhist teachers, in this case skillfully expressed by saint and scholar Shantideva: it’s by abandoning self-preoccupation… Read more and listen »

Heroic Resolve: Conceiving the Bodhisattva Spirit - Ep. 41 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Heroic Resolve: Conceiving the Bodhisattva Spirit – Ep. 41

When we look at mother-beings and see how they really are—quite unhappy, having a lot of problems, growing old—we naturally wish to relieve their unbearable feelings, and this wish takes a form of unbearable compassion. We are afraid that this will be an unpleasant experience for us, but there is a difference, Professor Thurman explains,… Read more and listen »

Evolutionary Cause of Beauty – Episode 40 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Tara Image via www.himalayanart.org.

Evolutionary Cause of Beauty : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 40

In this podcast Professor Thurman shares insights on the concepts of virtue, beauty and skillfulness in Tibetan Buddhism. We think of virtue as beautiful and associate the good with light and brightness. By drawing from the etymology of the Tibetan word “virtuous”, Professor Thurman shows how virtue also includes aspects of beauty and skillfulness. He… Read more and listen »

Relative & Absolute: Conversation between Manjushri & Vimalakirti, Part 2 – Ep. 39 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Vimalakirti Debates Manjushri Dunhuang Mogao Caves image via www.wikimedia.org.

Relative & Absolute: Manjushri & Vimalakirti, Part 2 – Ep. 39

This episode is a continuation of last week’s episode on the fifth chapter of the famous Vimalakirti Sutra. An object of love and inspiration for many lay practitioners, as well as monastics, the Sutra is known for giving an in-depth explanation & analysis of key buddhist concepts, such as emptiness, non-duality, self & non-self, and… Read more and listen »

Relative & Absolute: Conversation between Manjushri & Vimalakirti, Part 1 – Ep. 38 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Vimalakirti Debates Manjushri Dunhuang Mogao Caves image via www.wikimedia.org.

Relative & Absolute: Manjushri & Vimalakirti, Part 1 – Ep. 38

In this episode Professor Thurman expounds the profound teaching, contained in the fifth chapter of the famous Vimalakirti Sutra, which he translated and has been teaching for nearly forty years. An object of love and inspiration for many lay practitioners, as well as monastics, the Sutra is known for giving an in-depth explanation & analysis… Read more and listen »

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