Tibetan Way of Learning + Shakyamuni’s Pure Land – Ep. 151

In this two part podcast Robert AF Thurman gives an overview of the Buddha’s enlightenment and Tibetan way of learning his mind transformation teachings as passed down through their Sanskrit translations.

Using the films ‘Star Trek The Motion Picture’ + ‘The Matrix’ Professor Thurman demonstrates in the first half of the podcast science fiction’s ability in developing the imagination needed for Buddhist meditative visualization and Tantric practices.

Includes a discussion of the History of NRA, KKK, the on going debate between Relativism + Absolutism and an in-depth teaching on how to practice long sadhanas with a busy modern life style

Second half of podcast includes a teaching on the Seven Fold Preliminaries (Prostration, Refuge, Offering, Confession, Rejoicing, Requesting the Teachings & Dedication Of Merit), the importance of using traditional meditation practices and for respecting one’s religious and spiritual tradition of origin.


A pure land is the environment created by a fully enlightened being so that many others as possible have the potential also developing into fully enlightened beings. This enlightened individual is called a buddha.

Shakyamuni Buddha was not a simply an historical figure who lived and taught 2,500 years ago- he is an example of the full flowering of human potential, reached by undergoing inner revolutions, coups of the spirit in which the power of negative impulses and emotions is toppled and we are freed to be as happy, good, and compassionate as we can evolve to be.

The Buddha developed an inner science for achieving this revolution, one that was preserved in Tibet after invaders nearly wiped it out of India 1,000 years ago.”

Robert AF Thurman


Podcast concludes with a discussion of Shakyamuni’s Pure Land and dialog with retreat participants.

Tibetan Way of Learning + Shakyamuni's Pure Land - Photo by Chris MichaelTibetan Way of Learning + Shakyamuni’s Pure Land – Photo by Chris Michael, Used with Permission.

“Tibetan Way of Learning + Shakyamuni’s Pure Land” an recording from the Tibet House US “Medicine Buddha Retreat with Robert AF Thurman & Friends” held at Menla in Phoenicia, New York 2014.

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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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