In this two part podcast recorded for Losar (Tibetan New Year) Professor Thurman discusses the practices of mindfulness and lucid waking as taught by Buddha and passed down through the Buddhist cultures of Tibet, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Japan.
Opening this episode with a joyous introduction to the Tibetan New Year tradition of Losar, Robert A.F. Thurman gives a teaching on the value of developing and practicing wisdom along side mindfulness practices using stories from the Buddha’s life.
Using the stories of Buddha’s interactions with the six teachers and their unrealistic world views during his teaching career and the performance of miracles before them Professor Thurman gives a practical perspective of the The Great Prayer Festival (Losar) established by Tsongkhapa in 1409.
Podcast includes discussions of: the Dalai Lama’s work in the United States through Tibet House US, the historical interconnections between the Mahayana & Hinayana Buddhist meditation, a Buddhist perspective on making positive resolutions every day of the year,a call to action to all sensitive beings for increased dialog between groups facing conflict, oppression and radical extremism and a Tibetan Buddhist astrological explanation of the year of the Earth Boar for Tibet, His Holiness and all citizens of planet earth.
Second half of this week’s episode continues Robert A.F. Thurman teaching on personal development of wisdom and compassion through meditation, mantra, yoga and an introduction to his idea of lucid waking.
Podcast concludes with a reading of the poem “When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver by Gary Gach.
“Lucid Waking & Mindfulness Practices” Episode 198 the Bob Thurman Podcast is an excerpt from the “Final Questions + Answers Session of the Kalachakra Study + Practice with Robert A.F. Thurman” Video. Recorded at Menla’s Nalanda Conference Center in Phoenicia, New York, July 2017 the Annual Kalachakra Study + Practice Intensive Retreat.
This 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. To learn more about this year’s Kalachakra Program with Robert A.F. Thurman at Menla please visit: www.bobthurman.com.
“Lucid Waking & Mindfulness Practices” is apart of the Buddhist Inner Sciences 101 Podcast Series taken from the Bob Thurman & Tibet House US archives which are intended to provide an introduction to the yogic, meditative & theoretical practices of the tradition. These recordings are intended to be general overviews & one should be studying with a qualified teacher before attempting or engaging in the practices.
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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