In Praise of Tsongkhapa & The Buddha’s Enlightenment – Ep. 128

In this podcast Professor Thurman explains the Buddha’s enlightenment & the philosophical clarity that Je Tsongkhapa brought to the mind training systems disseminated through monastic & meditative traditions of Tibet.

Includes an overview of British biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s Morphic resonance theory, the history of Tsongkhapa and the annual days cerebrating the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, his parinirvana & enlightenment.

Episode concludes with a discussion on selflessness, power loss & Tibetan Buddhist meditative symbolism with Dr Nida Chenagtsang & Isa Gucciardi Ph.D.

It is generally accepted that the three greatest contributors in the annals of Tibet were Guru Padmasambhava, Atisha and Tsongkhapa, all of whom appeared when a great teacher was needed.

Tsongkhapa and Dalai Lineage Tree

Today we should strive to emulate Tsongkhapa’s peerless progress along the path. To hear as many teachings as possible and never to be satisfied with less than ultimate knowledge as the most important lessons that can be applied in life. It is imperative to appreciate and work towards the peerless goal of wishing to achieve enlightenment in order to help every other sentient being do exactly the same. Je Rinpoche’s example of scriptural learning and meditative application taken as a unified path show the essence of Buddha’s intent and the truly quick method of achieving enlightenment.”

Robert AF Thurman from Wisdom Academy.

This is an except from the Tibet House US Retreat “Shamans & Siddhas: Meeting at the Crossroads of Shamanism & Tantrism with Robert Thurman, Isa Gucciardi Ph.D. & Dr Nida Chenagtsang, recorded at Menla Retreat in Phoenicia, New York December 2015.

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Podcast Extra

The Central Philosophy of Tibet

This is the first full study, translation, and critical annotation of the Essence of True Eloquence by Jey Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), universally acknowledged as the greatest Tibetan philosopher. Robert Thurman's translation and introduction present a …