The Evolutionary Cause of Beauty – Ep 40

In this podcast Professor Thurman shares insights on the concepts of virtue, beauty and skillfulness in Tibetan Buddhism. We think of virtue as beautiful and associate the good with light and brightness. By drawing from the etymology of the Tibetan word “virtuous”, Professor Thurman shows how virtue also includes aspects of beauty and skillfulness. He goes on to analyze the evolutionary cause of beauty, and how we can define creativity in Tibetan Buddhism.

This episode is an excerpt from the recording made for compiling the “Bob’s Thoughts book” on October 18, 2015.

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

A vibrant, accessible introduction to the heart of Tibetan Buddhism through its own rich literature from "the most visible and charismatic exponent of Tibetan Buddhism" (Roger Kamenetz, New York Times Magazine).Expertly and lucidly surveying the basic …


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