Podcast Episodes

Dalai Lama Buddhist Sciences : Mother & Father Tantras – Ep. 203 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Buddhist Sciences : Mother & Father Tantras – Ep. 203

In this two part podcast Professor Thurman discusses the value of studying Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana by anyone interested in improving their mind, relationships and the world around them with or without initiation or empowerment. Opening with a succinct explanation of the different lineages, orders and sects of Tibetan Buddhism from a historical perspective, Robert A.F…. Read more and listen »

Robert A.F. Thurman teaching on Menla's Medicine Buddha

My Early Years : Menla as a Force For Good – Ep. 202

Professor Thurman opens this podcast with an exploration of the history of medicine within Buddhism and details how it’s highest expression within Tibet’s “Sowa Rigpa” provides the modern world with valuable perspectives and practices to compliment Western medical science. Includes an overview of Buddhist Medicine, stories from Robert A.F. Thurman’s time working as a Tibetan… Read more and listen »

Celebrating Tsongkhapa : Tibet's Wisdom Tradition - Ep. 201 Bob Thurman Podcast

Tibet’s Wisdom Tradition : Celebrating Tsongkhapa – Ep. 201

Continuing his celebration of the 600th anniversary of the enlightenment of Tsongkhapa, Professor Thurman gives an in-depth teaching on his “Secret Biography” and the impact of his creation of the Monlam Chenmo (Great Prayer Festival) in Tibet. About Lama Tsongkhapa and “International Year of Tsongkhapa” ​Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357-1419) was one of the greatest… Read more and listen »

Celebrating Tsongkhapa : Sects, Orders and Consorts – Ep. 200 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Sects, Orders & Consorts : Celebrating Tsongkhapa – Ep. 200

In this special podcast celebrating the 600th anniversary of the enlightenment of Tsongkhapa, Professor Thurman gives an in-depth teaching on his historical importance and impact upon Buddhism, Tibet and philosophy. Opening this week’s episode with personal reflections upon “The Year of Tsongkhapa”, Robert A.F. Thurman uses the miss-titled “Tibetan Book of The Dead” core teaching… Read more and listen »

Tibetan Secrets of Longevity : Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives Robert Thurman, Nena Thurman and Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Tibetan Secrets of Longevity : Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives

In this extended recording from Menla’s “Tibetan Secrets of Longevity” Retreat in 2016, Robert A.F. Thurman and Dr. Nida Chenagtsang discuss the history of Buddhist Medicine’s origins in the teachings of the Buddha and elaborate how it found it’s synthesis with other medical traditions in Sowa Rigpa or the Tibetan Science of Health. Introducing the… Read more and listen »

Tibetan Medicine : Yuthok the Elder & Sowa Rigpa - Episode 199 the Bob Thurman Podcast

Tibetan Medicine : Yuthok the Elder & Sowa Rigpa – Ep. 199

Professor Thurman and Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in this two part podcast discuss the history of Buddhist Medicine’s origins in the teachings of the Buddha and elaborate how it found it’s synthesis with other medical traditions in Sowa Rigpa or the Tibetan Science of Health as founded by Yuthok the Elder and carried on in Tibet,… Read more and listen »

Buddha Soul - Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives of the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo Young Monks studying by Tenzin Chojeor via www.dalailama.com.

Buddha Soul – Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives

In this archive recording from the Force For Good class “The Buddha Soul, Nature, Essence, Element, or Womb” Robert A.F. Thurman gives a teaching on the secular nature of Buddhist meditation and mantra practices. Recording opens with discussions of: mindfulness of the breath, instructions on mantra recitation, a history of Zen on Chan Buddhism and… Read more and listen »

Kalachakra Study 2017 - Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives Photo of Dalai Lama creating Kalachakra Sand Mandala with Monks by Manuel Bauer, Used with permission via www.dalailama.com.

Kalachakra Study 2017 – Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives

Professor Thurman opens this archive recording from Menla’s Kalachakra Study Intensive retreat with a group recitation of the Heart Sutra and a teaching on how the classic text can be used as a roadmap for advanced Buddhist practices and for personal transformation. Robert A.F. Thurman addresses questions from retreat participants about: Fire Puja Ceremonies, Dream… Read more and listen »

Lucid Waking & Mindfulness Practices" Episode 189 the Bob Thurman Podcast Photo by David Brooke Martin on Unsplash.

Lucid Waking & Mindfulness Practices – Ep. 198

In this two part podcast recorded for Losar (Tibetan New Year) Professor Thurman discusses the practices of mindfulness and lucid waking as taught by Buddha and passed down through the Buddhist cultures of Tibet, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Japan. Opening this episode with a joyous introduction to the Tibetan New Year tradition of Losar, Robert… Read more and listen »

How to Make a Buddha – Ep. 197

Using the study and practice of the Kalachakra from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as a road map, Robert A.F. Thurman gives a teaching on the need to combine wisdom with meditation to develop in any spiritual path. Opening with a re-telling of the story of Pai Chang & Huang Po in which the Chan master and… Read more and listen »

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