Hiking with the Medicine Buddha – Ep. 232

In this episode Robert A.F. Thurman gives an introductory teaching on the history and context of Buddhist Sutras and the Buddhist Medical Tradition as expressed in the mandala of the Medicine Buddha.

Using the second chapter of the “The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra : The Teaching of Vimalakīrti” Robert Thurman introduces the idea of a Buddhafield or Buddha-verse exploring the Buddha’s revolutionary teaching that anyone can transform their mind, body and environment through wisdom and compassion.

Podcast includes: an introduction to non-dualism and it’s relationship to karma and reincarnation, an elaboration of the Buddhist Inner Sciences using the seven stages of dissolution and a light hearted discussion on the value of imagination using the popular science fiction films “The Matrix”, “Men in Black” and the classic BBC television series “Dr. Who.”

Opening the second half of this week’s episode with a recitation of the Medicine Buddha mantra Robert Thurman gives a teaching on the history of Buddhist Medicine and how it relates to the on-going mission of Tibet House US at Menla, the Dalai Lama’s retreat center in the Catskill Mountains.

Hiking with the Medicine Buddha - Ep. 232 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image of the Medicine Buddha Mandala via www. himalayaart.com.

Hiking with the Medicine Buddha – Ep. 232 of the Bob Thurman Podcast Image of the Medicine Buddha Mandala via www. himalayaart.com.

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.

Hiking with the Medicine Buddha – Ep. 232 the Bob Thurman Podcast is excerpted from the 2012 “Hiking in the Catskills” gathering at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa.

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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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The Holy Teaching of Vimalakīrti

This book presents the major teachings of Mahāyāna Buddhism in a precise, dramatic, and even humorous form. For two millennia this Sūtra, called the “jewel of theMahāyāna Sūtras,” has enjoyed immense popularity among Mahāyāna Buddhists …


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