Studying the teachings of Zongkapa Lobsang Zhaba (Tsongkhapa) has been at the heart of Robert A.F. Thurman’s personal translation work and professional teaching career . In this two part podcast Professor Thurman discusses the new edition of “The Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa” by Wisdom Publications and leads a guided mindfulness meditation.
Opening this week’s podcast with a short explanation of the Tsongkhapa’s teaching history in Tibet, Robert Thurman highlights Tsongkhapa writings focusing upon the “Garland of Supremely Healing Nectars” the dialogue between Karmavajra,The Nyingma Master Lhobrag Khenchen & the Bodhisattva Vajrapana, discussing his relationship with the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism, modern Tibet and the Emperor of China of his time. Podcast includes a discussion of the use of Christian terminology when translating Buddhist texts and ends with a discussion of Ling Rinpoche’s new biography by Dalai Lama including personal stories from Robert Thurman’s time spent with this legendary tutor and teacher.
In the second half of this week’s podcast Professor Thurman leads a traditional Buddhist mindfulness meditation using the breath and mantra as one’s focus along with basic instruction of one’s physical posture during practice sessions taken from the Wisdom Academy Course “Sutra and Tantra: The Profound and Miraculous“.
This week’s meditation is excerpted from the online course presented by Wisdom Publications with Robert A.F. Thurman students learn the inner science behind the tantric and sutric methods employed by scholars and adepts of India and Tibet on their paths to enlightenment, as well as how to apply such learning to their own personal practice of the path. To learn more abut this ongoing online offering please visit: www.wisdompubs.org
This week’s episode’s of the Bob Thurman Podcast was thanks Wisdom Publications and was brought to you in part through the support of the Tibet House US Membership Community and Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York.
Tsongkhapa’s Profound and Miraculous Wisdom is an excerpt from the archive recordings from the Tibet House US retreat “Buddha & the Yogis” with Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, John Campbell and Robert A.F. Thurman recorded at Menla’s Nalanda Conference Center in Phoenicia, New York, Summer 2011.
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The song ‘Dancing Ling’ + ‘Trance Tibet’ by Tenzin Choegyal from the album ‘Heart Sutra‘ (2004) by Ethno Super Lounge is used on the Bob Thurman Podcast with artist’s permission, all rights reserved.
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