Tag: "The Tibetan Book of the Dead"

Liberation Through Nature, Hearing & Sleep – Ep. 180

In this two part podcast Professor Thurman and Eric Rosenbush discuss Tibetan Medicine and Buddhist Inner Sciences using the miss titled “Tibetan Book of the Dead” as a guide for applying the lessons contained within it to our daily lives. Second Part of this week’s podcast is a guided meditation on the Eight Dissolution Stages… Read more »

Science & Poetry of Sleep, Dreaming and Death – Ep. 179

In this special edition of the Bob Thurman podcast Professor Thurman is joined by poet and scholar Gary Gach for an in-depth exploration of the Tibetan Science of Healing Sowa Rigpa‘s perspective on sleep, dreams and death using personal experience, Buddhist teachings and poetry. Podcast begins with Robert A.F. Thurman discussing the place of sleep… Read more »

Dakini & The Spa of Initiation – Ep. 154

The Fantastical Beings and creatures contained within Buddhist Symbolism provide a rich tapestry upon which it’s teachings of Wisdom + Compassion create the foundation of inner + outer transformation. In this two part podcast Professor Thurman leads exploration of the language found in the Kalachakra initiation and practice sadhanas– using his close translation as a… Read more »

Buddhism 101: Six Realms of Existence – Ep. 127

In Buddhism, the most popular mandala is that of the Wheel of Life, a visual representation of the Six Realms of Existence. Traditionally the six realms into which a sentient being can reincarnate in its endless succession of lives. In this podcast Mark Epstein + Professor Thurman detail the Six Realms in Buddhist Cosmology and… Read more »

Reciting the Tibetan Book of the Dead – Ep. 96

In this podcast Professor Thurman leads a recitation from his translation of “The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between” of the final section for those journeying through the final stages of the Bardo. Recorded at Menla Retreat in Phoenicia, New York, 2009. To watch +… Read more »

Fierce Deities Of Buddhism in The Tibetan Book of the Dead – Ep 95

In this podcast Professor Thurman explores the concept of fierce protector deities used in Buddhist practices found in the traditional “Tibetan Book of The Dead” teachings and end of life meditations. Using his translation of “The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between” Professor Thurman provides… Read more »

How Free Are We in Our Choices? – Ep 80

In this podcast Professor Thurman explains how freedom in our choices depends on whether we are living consciously or unconsciously. There is no such thing as “meant to be”, however, each action brings about a particular result. For example, being a victim of circumstances — Professor Thurman continues — can be seen as a result… Read more »

Roadmap for the Bardo – Ep78

In this podcast Professor Thurman teaches how each of us creates causes and conditions throughout our life, and how the consequences of those causes will go with us as our consciousness continues into the journey after death (“bardo”) and finds new embodiments. As long as we are helpless victims of our unconscious, we will be… Read more »

Tibetan Book of the Dead – What Is It About? – Ep. 75

In this podcast Professor Thurman talks about the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Tibetan name of this book — The Bardo Thodol — literally means The Book of Natural Liberation through Understanding in the Between. A being can be liberated in “the between” (the term is often translated as “intermediate state”), the period after… Read more »

Do We Need to Believe in Past & Future Lives to Become Enlightened? – Ep 66

Should we abandon traditional Buddhist views unproven by scientific materialism, labeling them antiquated and irrelevant? What would be the implications of doing so for our study and practice? This episode is an excerpt from the thought-provoking and lively lecture “Past & Future Lives: Is Enlightenment Possible Without Them?” with Robert Thurman, given at Maitripa College in Portland, OR… Read more »