Vimalakīrti’s Verses : Deconstructing the Self – Ep. 30

In this episode, Professor Thurman explains how to use analysis to realize non-duality. Deconstructing our habitual understanding of body, mind- everything you think of as solid and real dissolves under this analysis, and brings you into a state of samadhi. This is a powerful practice for deeply understanding the nature of things as they are.

“Vimalakīrti’s Verses : Deconstructing the Self” – Ep. 30 of the Bob Thurman Podcast was recorded on July 24, 2015 at the “Hiking in the Catskills with Vimalakirti & Friends” retreat held at Menla Retreat.

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