Vimalakīrti’s Verses on Cool Heroes + Cool Heroism – Ep. 184

Using the Goddess Chapter of the “The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti’” and his classic “Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Real Happiness” Robert A.F. Thurman in this two part podcast illuminates his theory of cool heroism and the cool heroes that live the revolutionary wisdom of Buddhism daily.

Professor Thurman opens the first half of the podcast with a discussion on: the origins and the development of the theory, the history of cool heroism in Buddhism, and how cool heroes are embodied by the women who are the heart of the hearth of every home since time immemorial.

Podcast includes an overview of the Vimalakīrti Sutra, it’s translation history, and the non-dual teachings contained in it’s fantastical setting and gender bending dialog between Śhāriputra and the Wisdom Goddess.

Podcast concludes with a reading of the poetry of Korean poet, writer, and activist Ko Un by Gary Gach.

Vimalakīrti’s Verses on Cool Heroes and Heroism - Ep. 184 of the Bob Thurman PodcastThis week’s episode’s of the Bob Thurman Podcast was brought to you in part through the support of the Tibet House US Membership Community and Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York.

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Vimalakīrti’s Verses on Cool Heroes and Heroism – Ep. 184 was recorded at the home of Robert and Nena Thurman in Woodstock, New York, September, 2018.

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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.

Poetry Excerpted from the Inaugural reading of Flowers of a Moment by Ko Un, translated by Young Moo Kim, Brother Anthony of Taizé, & Gary Gach, at Moe’s Books, Berkeley, California, 2006

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”.

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