Tag: "Infinite Life"

Stunning the Mind with Yoga – Ep. 178

Opening this podcast with an introduction to the Medicine Buddha and his long time co-teacher + friend Richard Freeman, Professor Thurman explore the connections between Hatha Yoga, Buddhist Philosophy + the Indic Inner Sciences through a close translation of the classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, “The Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā” by Svāmi Svātmārāma. Using the… Read more and listen »

9 Fold Breath Meditation – Podcast Bonus RAFT Archives

In this podcast extra Professor Robert A.F. Thurman leads an extended Nine Fold Purification Breath Meditation from the Yuthok Nyingthig as taught by Dr Nida Chenagtsang. This practice, also known as “Expelling the Dead Air” begins with by sitting in the Vairocana Meditation posture and then visualizing moving energy with the breath through the Central,… Read more and listen »

Managing Misery : A.A. and The Heart Sutra – Ep. 173

Dr. Mark Epstein M.D. and Robert A.F. Thurman, in this two part podcast discuss the Buddhist & Alcoholics Anonymous perspectives on addiction, depression, and recovery using the teachings of Shantideva and Winnicott to highlight common strategies and illustrate how the two can help one change one’s relationship to any source of suffering, internal or external…. Read more and listen »

Bliss Suspicion & The Three Types of Justice – Ep. 157

Contrasting our modern materialistic terminal lifestyle which denies the interconnection of sensitive beings + the possibility of past + future lives with that of the Infinite Lifestyle as taught by the Buddha Professor Thurman re-frames the traditional translations of key terms found in Shantideva and in describing nirvana as bliss. Opening this two part podcast… Read more and listen »

Buddhas Never Leave : Tulkus, 3 Bodies & Reincarnation – Ep. 139

Using Thomas Cleary’s translation of the “Flower Ornament Scripture: The Avatamsaka Sutra”  & Wilhelm Reich’s “The Function of the Orgasm: Discovery of the Orgone” Professor Thurman discusses the place of reincarnated Tibetan Tulkus within the Buddha’s teaching of the Three Bodies. “Being a Buddha is the juiciest experience possible. Robert AF Thurman Defining Buddha-hood as… Read more and listen »

Shantideva: Justice & Generosity Transcendences – Ep. 136

In this podcast Professor Thurman discusses the modern relevance of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, the key place of wisdom in choosing meditation practices and the centrality of understanding emptiness as the logical gateway to selflessness, compassion & generosity. Using The Padmakara Group’s Translation of Shantideva’s ‘Way of the Bodhisattva‘ Fourth & Fifth Chapters on Generosity and… Read more and listen »

Cool & Inner Revolutions : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 121

The Buddha’s core teachings call for a series of revolutions in the individual’s perspective which then affect the surrounding community, culture & society in what Professor Thurman defines as a cool revolution. This podcast explores the themes of awakening consciousness, spiritual activism, transformative medicine of Buddha, facing wide ranging crises in our human condition today… Read more and listen »

Six Session Yoga & Kalachakra – Ep 100

Professor Thurman guides a close reading of the ‘Six Session Guru Yoga’ it’s commitments for initiates of the Yoga and Highest Yoga tantras, explaining the bodhisattva and tantric vows taken when practicing the Kalachakra and concludes with an overview of the teachings for those with a general interest in Mahayana and esoteric practice. Recorded in… Read more and listen »

The Buddha’s Path Summarized – Ep 94

In this episode Professor Thurman examines the twelve verse summary of the Buddhist path as found the 12th Century “Essence of Eloquence” transcribed to Jey Tsongkapa by Manjushri in 1396-1397. Using personal stories & tales from the life of the Buddha Professor Thurman elucidates the liberty & opportunity afforded during one’s life.  Includes a short… Read more and listen »

Realistic & Unrealistic Actions – Ep 88

Different actions bring about different results. Depending on these results, actions may be called skillful or unskillful, right or wrong, realistic or unrealistic. Positive types of actions (physical, verbal or mental) may be called realistic because they improve the quality of one’s life. They also happen to improve the quality of lives of others. In… Read more and listen »