My Early Years : Buddhist Soul with Krishna Das- Ep. 216

In this special podcast with Krishna Das, Professor Thurman leads a discussion of the Buddhist perspective on the soul, sin and greed using stories from their early years in India.

Opening with a group recitation of the “Heart Sutra” Robert A.F. Thurman uses this seminal text of all Buddhist traditions as a jumping off point for a discussion of non-duality, bliss and the connections between Hindu and Buddhist self transformation technologies.

This week’s poetry segment Krishna Das reads the work of Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol.

My Early Years : Buddhist Soul with Krishna Das- Ep. 216 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

“Chanting breaks down the difference between the inside and the outside. It’s about having a heart that never shuts down, that nothing can shut down.”

Krishna Das

My Early Years : Buddhist Soul with Krishna Das- Ep. 216 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image via “Illumination, Meditation and Bodhisattvas – འོད་སྣང་། སྒོམ། བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ།” Co-organized by Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.

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This talk was recorded during the Force For Good Class Series at Tibet House US in New York City in 2019 with Krishna Das & Robert A.F. Thurman & is apart of the THUS Member Archive.

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A Force For Good’ is a Tibet House US course to further the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind & Life Institute science dialogues (Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium and Beyond Religion), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama) & along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility).

Force For Good Tibet House US Menla Series with Krishna Das, Robert Thurman & Sharon Salzberg

This on-going series was inspired by Daniel Goleman’s ‘A Force For Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World‘.

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The song ‘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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