Four Noble Truths : Buddhism as Therapy – Ep. 218

Using the Buddha’s teaching of “The Four Noble Truths” Robert A.F. Thurman introduces Buddhism as a therapy and education system created to help individuals discover the path to happiness.

Podcast includes: an exploration of the concept of “noble”, a discussion of the the Buddha’s insight into the fundamental misknowledge at the heart of each of the Four Noble Truths highlighting the manner in which the Buddha’s methodology was revolutionary for the individuals and the the societies it spread to, as it is still today.

Second half of the episode continues Professor Thurman’s historical exploration of Buddhism and how it’s counter-cultural educational nature has been misunderstood and limited by modern Western comparative religious perspectives.

Episode concludes with a reading of the work of Juan Felipe Herrera by Gary Gach.

Four Noble Truths : Buddhism as Therapy - Ep. 218 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via Wellcome Collection.

Four Noble Truths : Buddhism as Therapy – Ep. 218 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via Wellcome Collection.

Gary Gregory Gach is an author, translator, and editor living in San Francisco. A dynamic speaker and teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism his works include the anthology “What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop” and the forthcoming “Pause Breathe Smile – Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation is Not Enough”.

This week’s episode’s of the Bob Thurman Podcast was brought to you in part through the monthly support of the Tibet House US Membership Community and Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York.

Buddhism as Therapy : Four Noble Truths – Ep. 218 of the Bob Thurman Podcast is excerpted from “Buddhism: Methods for Pursuit of Happiness” a talk given at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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The songs “Trance Tibet” & ‘Dancing Ling’ by Tenzin Choegyal from the album ‘Heart Sutra‘ (2004) by Ethno Super Lounge is used on the Bob Thurman Podcast with artist’s permission, all rights reserved.

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