Tag: "Bob Thurman"

Force For Good: Mantra with Krishna Das – Ep. 134

In this special podcast Professor Thurman is joined by Krishna Das, long time friend & co-teacher for an intimate dialog covering their shared histories, meeting their teachers, non-dualism, love and the interplay between Hinduism & Buddhism. Includes humorous stories by Krishna Das + Bob Thurman about Khunu Lama, Kalu Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, the Dalai… Read more and listen »

Stress Relief for Buddhists – Ep 107

In this podcast Professor Thurman leads a reading of the early Pali Suttas known as the Digha Nikaya or The Long Discourses of the Buddha on the four foundations of Mindfulness. Includes a guided meditation using the Buddha’s instructions to bhikkhus & bhikkhunis. Recorded at the 2009 Tibet House US weekend retreat “Stress” with Sharon… Read more and listen »

Inauguration & Women’s March – Ep. 102

A short guided meditation on the 2017 US Presidential Inauguration, the Women’s Marches held world wide & the historical context of the current global situation by Professor Robert AF Thurman. Includes a short overview of the destructive power of anger & fear from a Buddhist perspective. This podcast was recorded on Jan 17, 2017 in… Read more and listen »

Meditation & Mistaken Guru Yoga with Gelek Rimpoche – Ep. 13

Introducing the Vimalakīrti Nirdeśha Sūtra, Gelek Rimpoche and Professor Thurman discuss mistaken relationships with Buddhist gurus and books, particularly in the West. They offer guidance for identifying a good guru and for maintaining a healthy relationship with the guru.   In monastic Buddhism, the abbot is not a big boss and obedience is not a… Read more and listen »

Buddhism 101: Reciting the Heart Sutra – Ep. 12

Buddhism’s Heart Sutra is recited at the start of teachings, events & as blessing. In this podcast Robert AF Thurman leads a recitation of The Heart Sutra and gives an introduction to it’s history. Podcast concludes with Professor Thurman explaining how the practice of reciting The Heart Sutra is the key to understanding it’s teaching… Read more and listen »

Buddhism 101 : Meditation + Realization – Ep. 11

Professor Thurman speaks one on one to a student about meditation practices, quiescence (pali: samatha, sanskrit: śhamatha), insight (pali: vipassanā, sanskrit: vipaśhyanā) and meditative realization (bhāvanā). Includes a discussion of the common misunderstandings of the three, and how to use them on the path to enlightenment. “All phenomena of samsara and nirvana come about through… Read more and listen »

Freedom of Asceticism: Buddha’s Free Lunch – Ep. 10

Introduction to the asceticism as created by the historical Buddha in the original mendicant community of male & female followers of his teachings. Robert AF Thurman discusses the difference between Theravada and Universal Vehicle (Mahayana) Buddhism, comparing the Nirvana aspiring mendicants and Enlightenment aspiring Bodhisattvas — the variances in their ways of thinking and the… Read more and listen »

Lucid Dying : Buddhist Inner Sciences 101 – Ep. 9

Professor Thurman discusses the experiential and physical parallels between the process of sleep and the process of dying. He explains also the similarity between this experience and enlightenment, and how sleep yoga and death yoga can be used therefore on the path to enlightenment. This episode is an excerpt from recordings of a weekend retreat… Read more and listen »

Rebirth & Reincarnation Stories : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 8

In this podcast Robert Thurman discusses the motivational + inspirational value of examining rebirth stories first hand on the spiritual path no matter what one’s background is.  Providing examples from Non-Buddhist communities Professor Thurman details the process of dying, death and rebirth, and the contraindications found within our modern relationship with it. Podcast concludes with… Read more and listen »

Tibetan Uprising Day March 10th : My Appeal to the World – Ep. 7

In this podcast Robert A.F. Thurman discusses the significance of March 10th in Tibetan history & in the context of the English translation of Sofia Stril-Rever’s book, “My Appeal to the World”, which is a collection of transcripts of 50 speeches given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama on March 10th between 1961 and 2011,… Read more and listen »