My Early Years: From Red Robes to Grey Robes – Ep. 149

Answering questions about his early days Robert Thurman discusses his intellectual influences, his life long passion for Philosophy, the mendicant traditions his was drawn to and some of the life lessons learned from his three teachers: Geshe Ngawang Wangyal, Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet & his wife Nena Thurman.

Includes a discussion of the ethical responsibility to one’s students, a short history of Buddhism, it’s influences upon Asian languages and the difficulties faced by individuals when they change religions or take monastic robes.

In the second half of podcast Professor Thurman discusses the value of positive relationships, the inevitability of Enlightenment as expressed in the Buddha’s Third Noble Truth, the hidden lessons in life’s misfortunes & a re-interruption of depression from Buddhist Yogic Inner Science perspective.

Includes a discussion of Thurman’s Theory Retroactive Nirvana, the life stories of Shantideva, Milarepa & Nargajuna, advice to under graduate students and an in-depth explanation of Tibetan Tantric roots in Indian Buddhism.

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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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Podcast Extra

This “Four Noble Truths” Video is an excerpt from the second session archive recording of the Tibet House US retreat “Addiction, Depression & Recovery: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental & Spiritual Health in the Modern World” with Robert AF Thurman & Mark Epstein M.D. recorded at Menla’s Nalanda Conference Center in Phoenicia, New York, August 2016.

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