Tag: "Buddha"

The Preciousness of Human Life – Ep 73

In this podcast Professor Thurman explains why, according to the Buddha, the human life is precious. Being able to change oneself by opening to a new insight; having intelligence, which animals do not have; expanding one’s empathy and sensitivity – these are just a few of the freedoms which make human life so precious. Professor Thurman… Read more »

Darwin, Marx, Freud & Buddha – Ep 56

In this podcast Professor Thurman discusses how the ideas of Darwin, Marx and Freud, although brilliant, are based on a rather despondent bottom line assessment: that we as humans are a bunch of helpless robots. But is it true that we can never understand our unconscious? Are we helpless victims of our genes? Are we the… Read more »

What does Buddha feel? – Ep 44

What does it mean to become a Buddha? Does it mean to disappear into space separate from everything? To feel superior? To become a servant of others? In this episode Professor Thurman discusses what it means to be a Buddha, talks about extreme views of absolutism and nihilism and about the necessity of critical and… Read more »

Vipassana Meditation & Realization: Bob Thurman Podcast

The bottom line is that you can take responsibility for how you occupy your mind. You can convert negativity into positivity in your life by opening yourself up to the ancient and well-proven philosophies available from the teachers of liberation who have flourished in history. You can study their teachings, not only as a spiritual… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Universal Vehicle : Buddha, Einstein & Wittgenstein – Ep. 6

In this podcast Professor Thurman discusses the role of the Buddha, Einstein & Wittgenstein in modern philosophic perspectives & scientific methods.  Using humorous stories & close translation of Tibetan Buddhist texts Robert Thurman discusses the impossibility of objective reality, and the influential role of the subject in a relational object’s status. Continues with a discussion… Read more »

Royal Reason of Relativity: Buddha, Einstein & Wittgenstein – Ep. 5

Professor Thurman discusses the progression in theories of relativity in the west from Einstein to Wittgenstein, and shows how the Buddha set forth a perhaps more complete version of the same insight 2500 years earlier with what was later called “the royal reason of relativity. “ This episode is extracted from Professor Thurman’s Winter 2015 lecture… Read more »