My Early Years : Menla as a Force For Good – Ep. 202

Professor Thurman opens this podcast with an exploration of the history of medicine within Buddhism and details how it’s highest expression within Tibet’s “Sowa Rigpa” provides the modern world with valuable perspectives and practices to compliment Western medical science.

Includes an overview of Buddhist Medicine, stories from Robert A.F. Thurman’s time working as a Tibetan medicine translator with Dr. Yeshi Dhonden in the 1960’s and about the genesis of and vision behind Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa.

Second half begins with an introduction to the Buddhist path and to Buddhism intended for non-Buddhists and a recommendation of Daniel Goleman’s “Force For Good” book and the on-going online course available as a part of the Tibet House US membership videos by the same name.

Podcast concludes with a reading of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s “Ecolog” by Gary Gach.

Robert A.F. Thurman teaching on Menla's Medicine BuddhaMy Early Years : Menla as a Force For Good Photo of Robert A.F. Thurman by Emily Davidow, Used with Permission.

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 and Wisdom Publications.

My Early Years : Menla as a Force For Good – Ep. 202 of the Bob Thurman Podcast was recorded during a Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa Staff gathering with Robert A.F. Thurman, May 2016.

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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”. To learn more about the writings and work Of Gary Gach please visit:

The song ‘Dancing Ling’ + ‘Trance Tibet’ 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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