Gross National Happiness : The Four Noble Truths – Ep. 229

In this episode Professor Thurman gives a teaching on how the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path find a modern expression in the Gross National Happiness philosophy in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan’s constitution.

Opening with a beginners’ introduction to the nature of the Buddha’s discovery, Bob Thurman analyzes modern Bhutanese culture through the lens of the Eight Fold Path suggesting possible next steps needed to fully embody the blissful, interdependent reality as understood by Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.

Gross National Happiness : The Four Noble Truths – Ep. 229 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image by Cathal McNaughton via The Atlantic.

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Gross National Happiness : The Four Noble Truths – Ep. 229 the Bob Thurman Podcast is excerpted from “Refining Happiness (Economic Vs Happiness) : A false dichotomy” a talk given for Jangchub Shing in 2014.

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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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