Tag: "Bob Thurman"

Buddha’s Jewel Community: The Freedom of Asceticism

The monastic social movement that emerged from the Axial Age in India swept throughout Asia, transforming the landscapes, the cultures, and the politics of all its nations, as well as countless individuals. It is quite likely that it influenced even West Asia, North Africa, and Europe by lending its institutional style to Aramaic and Egyptian… Read more »

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 »

Lucid Dying with the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Years ago my original teacher, the Venerable Geshe Ngawang Wangyal of the Labsum Shedrub Monastery, gave me a copy of a Tibetan volume printed in India, entitled The Tibetan Book of the Dead. He had a way of saying certain things so that you remembered them long afterward, giving them a special impact, as if… Read more »

The Truth of Bliss: Bob Thurman Podcast

No sane person fears nothingness. It might be boring. It might not be delightful. But at least it should be restful, peaceful, and painless. And relative to all the troubles of wakefulness, it is pleasant and much sought after by every one of us. The Sleep of Death: New Situations for Consciousness What we do… Read more »

Why The Dalai Lama Matters As The Leader of the Tibetans

The Dalai Lama continues to inspire restraint and nonviolence among the Tibetan youth in exile and all the Tibetans in Tibet, in spite of their mounting frustration at the lack of progress made in achieving economic self-sufficiency, religious freedom, and human and other rights due to the Chinese government’s oppressive and destructive policies. Dalai Lama… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Nagarjuna & Evolutionary Skill: Bob Thurman Podcast

One of the main leaders of the enlightenment movement in India was a great monk-teacher called Nagarjuna, who lived sometime between the first century B.C.E. and the second century C.E. By this time, India had developed enormously, with large numbers of enlightened individuals working to transform the whole society gradually. Nagarjuna became a monk as… Read more »

Introduction to HH Dalai Lama’s My Appeal To the World by Robert Thurman

I am deeply honored to present to the English-speaking world His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s fifty-year-long, sustained, emergency appeal to the world community for help, on behalf of his beloved people of Tibet, skillfully arranged and powerfully elucidated by Sofia Stril-Rever, originally published in French, and ably translated by Sebastian Houssiaux. The brave people of… Read more »

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

In this podcast Robert 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, with… Read more »