Tag: "The Central Philosophy of Tibet"

Pharmacopeia of Visualization : Tantra, Sex & Meditation – Ep. 190

This in depth teaching on the practice and performance of visualization during meditative states Robert A.F. Thurman provides a practical roadmap for those from any religious, cultural or economic background to apply the tools from the esoteric traditions of Buddhist tantra to understand and reduce suffering on all levels. Opening this week’s teaching with an… Read more and listen »

Super Knowledge For Busy People : Buddhism 101 – Ep. 159

In this recording from his early days at Columbia University Professor Thurman explores Indo-Tibetan Buddhism in the intellectual setting of ancient India and Tibet, how it relates to modern philosophical thought and to the mindfulness revolution in popular culture. Focusing on the Dialecticist Centrism found in the writings of Aryadeva, Dharmakīrti, Dignāga, Tsongkhapa, Vasubandhu & in… Read more and listen »

Science Fiction as Sadhana : Buddhist Inner Sciences – Ep. 158

Recounting stories from his last day teaching at Columbia University Robert AF Thurman opens this two part podcast with a discussion of Tsongkhapa’s “Essence of True Eloquence“, popularly known to Tibetans and those studying the Centralist Mind Training texts as “Tsongkhapa’s Iron Bow” due to it’s complexity as the ground for an in depth examination… Read more and listen »

Tibetan Way of Learning + Shakyamuni’s Pure Land – Ep. 151

In this two part podcast Robert AF Thurman gives an overview of the Buddha’s enlightenment and Tibetan way of learning his mind transformation teachings as passed down through their Sanskrit translations. Using the films ‘Star Trek The Motion Picture’ + ‘The Matrix’ Professor Thurman demonstrates in the first half of the podcast science fiction’s ability… Read more and listen »

Lam Rim: Stages of The Path – Buddhism 101 – Ep. 142

Exploring the history of the “Lam Rim: Stages of The Path” a collection of mind training teachings preserved in Tibet, Professor Thurman provides an introduction to these cherished practices as refined + passed down by Tsongkhapa & the Dalai Lama lineage. Podcast includes a discussion of Gendün Druppa the First Dalai Lama, the centrality of… Read more and listen »

True Eloquence: Pretas, Puppies + Dreams – Ep. 141

Using Tsong Khapa’s Tengyur text, Essence of True Eloquence Professor Robert Thurman discusses the Buddha’s central teachings & concepts as preparation for the 2014 Beacon Theater teachings given by the H.H. the Dalai Lama. Podcast includes a discussion of Robin Williams’ “What Dreams May Come” and an introduction to non-dualism found at the heart of all of… Read more and listen »

Buddhism 101: Preciousness of Human Life – Ep 103

The historical Buddha taught that human life is precious and in this podcast Professor Thurman defines & elaborates this theme as taught by the Buddhists of Tibet. This podcast is apart of the ‘Buddhism 101’ Series using classic teachings from Robert Thurman to elucidate basic concepts of the tradition. This recording is an excerpt from… Read more and listen »

Buddhist Inner Sciences : Mis-knowing – Ep. 22

The Buddha’s Wheel of Dependent Origination describes the cycle of existence—the endless wheel of samsara and suffering. The first link on this wheel is ignorance, or mis-knowing. Specifically, the idea that we are separate from others. Professor Thurman explains how this fundamental misunderstanding of separateness creates the whole universe of suffering. It is also the… Read more and listen »

Tsongkhapa : Father Philo & Mother Sophia – Ep. 15

Professor Thurman introduces the Essence of True Eloquence (drang nges legs bshad snying po), discussing his own personal experience encountering and translating the Tsongkhapa’s great work, and also Tsongkhapa’s own experience and doubts about composing the work. He elaborates on the role of Manjushri in influencing Tsongkhapa to eventually compose it, and in influencing those… Read more and listen »