“I enjoy experiencing a taste of the feeling that I am infinite. But you have to risk going into a sphere where you can‘t quite remember exactly who you are. You have to negate it anytime you feel the “I“ emerging as a fixed, independent, absolute thing, and then negate it again.”
Celebrating the Dalai Lama’s 87th Birthday with Robert A.F. Thurman
Recorded to celebrate the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s 87th Birthday, this heart felt message from Robert Thurman to his long time friend and mentor includes a discussion of the modern importance of peacemakers and compassionate role models to those of all backgrounds and to all nations in this dynamic challenging times.
This video message is excerpted in the audio podcast episode “Song Of Immortality: Celebrating the Dalai Lama.”
Touching The Earth: Celebrating Earth Day & The Third Pole with Robert Thurman
Using personal anecdotes, statistics from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, as well as insights from the historical Buddha’s teachings and life story, Bob Thurman in this video weaves an inspiring call to action for intelligent beings of all faiths, backgrounds, political beliefs and stances.
Talk concludes with an invitation to the “Third Pole” Hybrid Online & In-Person Conference, happening Fall 2022 at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa and a frank discussion on the importance of direct engagement and democratic participation in saving the planet for this and all future generations.
Recorded Earth Day 2022 at the home of Robert & Nena Thurman in Upstate New York. To enjoy the audio version of this talk, please visit: www.bobthurman.com.
Mapping the Universe with David Orr, David Kittay & Robert Thurman
This episode is an excerpt from “Mapping the Universe: The Mandala in Sacred, Scientific, and Artistic Practice” talk in conjunction with “Radiance + Reflection: Mandalas and Moon” on display at Tibet House US through July 9th, 2022 in New York City.
To learn more, please visit: www.thus.org.
Finding Bliss Through The Four Noble Truths with Seline Shenoy & Bob Thurman
While Buddhism is seen as a major global religion, Buddhist ideas, philosophies and practices have long been a source of inspiration for people of other faiths. That’s because it’s more of a spiritual tradition that educates us on how to live well and find inner peace. Get to learn more about it with one of the leading experts on Buddhism and this episode’s featured guest, Robert Thurman.
In this interview, we discuss some of the main concepts covered in Robert Thurman’s new book “Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life.” He offers his insight into Buddhist principles such as Nirvana, Karma and the practice of mindfulness and how we can apply them in our everyday life.
Seline Shenoy is the founder and writer of The Dream Catcher – a blog community that connects and encourages people to live their dream life and make a difference in the world. Its inspirational message has been attracting thousands of readers every month from all over the world since 2014.
To learn more and to subscribe, please visit: www.selineshenoy.com.
Ten Laws Podcast Interview with Robert Thurman & East Forest
The Ten Laws with East Forest podcast dives into conversation with creatives, thought leaders, musicians, researchers, dreamers and more as well as occasion free guided meditations plus rare East Forest musical offerings.
Listen to the audio podcast, please visit: www.eastforest.org.
Spirit Matters Interview with Bob Thurman, Philip Goldberg & Dennis Raimondi
The spiritual landscape has never been more diverse, more eclectic, more individualized or more internally focused. Spirit matters, and in our open-source world, matters of the spirit are complex and endlessly fascinating. The Spirit Matters podcast aims to help listeners make sense of it all.
To learn more about the Spirit Matters Podcast, and to subscribe please visit: www.spiritmatterstalk.com.
Bodhisattva Way of Vimilakīrti with Bob Thurman & Joan Halifax
Zazen and Dharma Talk with Bob Thurman & Joan Halifax
Rising Laterally: An Interview with Bob Thurman, Arjun Sachdev & Jay Beaulieu
“Younger people find an invitation in Buddhist practice that their own experience is the spiritual laboratory.” -Bob Thurman
A Message about the Medicine Buddha Ap from Bob Thurman
A short message from Robert A.F. Thurman about the Medicine Buddha Mobile Ap and a THUS | Menla’s sponsorship which will allow donations to directly sponsor the medical training of aspiring Tibetan doctors at the Men-Tsee-Khang in India!
We thank you for your generous support, if you cannot donate, please share this post and download the free ap.
To learn more please visit: www.medicinebuddha.app
What is the Kālachakra? Buddhism Explained with Robert Thurman
Professor Robert A.F. Thurman opens with a group recitation of the Buddhist Heart Sutra before leading an in depth introduction to the Kalachakra Tantra, it’s mandala, meditations practice and study.
Tsultrim Allione & Robert Thurman: A Tibet House US | Menla Online Saturday Night Live Dialogue
This extended conversation includes stories from their time with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, H.H. the 16th Karmapa, Trungpa Rinpoche, Sapchu Rinpoche, Lama Thupten Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Wangyal & Anam Thubten Rinpoche and from their many years of personal practice.
Four Friendly Fun Facts with Robert Thurman A Tibet House US Saturday Night Live Broadcast
In this episode Robert Thurman share’s his thoughts on the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, the holiday celebrations that mark the occasion of the Buddha’s initial public teachings and the inherent fun and friendly nature of the wisdom and compassion found in the Four Noble Truths.
Independence, Interdependence & Equality with Robert Thurman
A special personal message from Robert Thurman on the need for all senstive beings to vow for racial and gender equality recorded Independence Day 2021.
The Realm of Shambhala with Khentrul Rinpoche & Robert Thurman
A discussion of Bodhichitta and the difficulty of translating Western materialist concepts of spirituality, religion and creator gods into Tibetan with Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche & Robert Thurman.
Dalai Lama 86th Birthday Celebration with Bob Thurman and Krishna Das
Bob Thurman and Krishna Das lead a live recitation and chanting of a traditional long life prayer as well as additional Birthday greetings.
The Extraordinary Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Rima Fujita & Bob Thurman
A discussion between artist Rima Fujita and Robert Thurman about Rima’s new book about His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama on the occasion of his 86th Birthday.
Saturday Night Live with Robert Thurman & Kalu Rinpoche
Robert Thurman and His Holiness the Second Kalu Rinpoche share personal stories from their years of studying and practicing Buddhist Vajrayana meditation
Wisdom Rising Book Recommendation
Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine” by Lama Tsultrim Allione Book Recommendation by Tibet House US Co-Founder + President Robert A.F Thurman.
Die Like a Buddhist: Afterlife Awareness with Bob Thurman
“How to Die Like a Tibetan Buddhist” with Robert Thurman is a preview of his Afterlife Awareness Conference keynote talk happening online this June. To learn more and to register, please visit: www.afterlifeconference.com.
Buddhist Pure Lands & Mandalas with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
A short introduction to Buddhist Mandalas and the Medicine Buddha’s Pure Lands with Dr. Nida.
Dream Yogas of Yuthok with Nida Chenagtsang
An introduction to the Yuthog Nyingthig Dream Yoga Tradition with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang & Robert A.F. Thurman.
Principles of The Path Meditation with Bob Thurman
A guided meditation on the Three Principles of The Path as laid out by Tsongkhapa & the Dalai Lama lineage led by Robert A.F. Thurman
Medicine Buddha’s Symbolism & Science with Bob Thurman
A short introduction to the meaning of the Medicine Buddha & it’s systems of healing sciences as developed in Tibet.
Nine Breath Meditation with Dr. Nida & Bob Thurman
A guided nine breath meditation with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang & Robert Thurman.
Exploring the Channels with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang & Robert Thurman
Exploring Chakra and Channels as taught in the Sowa Rigpa Tibetan Medicine tradition.
Vase Breath Meditation with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
A short introduction to Tibetan Vase Yoga Practice with Nida Chenagtsang.
Chakra Systems as Software with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang
An introduction to the chakra systems used in Vajrayana Buddhism and in Sowa Rigpa, the Tibetan Science of healing with Dr. Nida & Robert A.F. Thurman
Vajrayana Buddhist Practice with Robert A.F. Thurman
A discussion of Vajrayana Buddhism since coming to the West and how the teachings can be studied an applied in modern seeker’s lives.
Tibetan Medicine at Menla Retreat with Bob Thurman
Stories from Robert A.F. Thurman’s time working as a Tibetan medicine translator with Dr. Yeshi Dhonden and about the genesis of and vision behind Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa.
Exploring Flow States with Dr. Mark Epstein M.D.
A discussion of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s theory of “flow states” used in positive psychology and as popularized in fitness and creative communities with Mark Epstein M.D..
Buddhism and Science Fiction with Robert A.F. Thurman
An exploration of the connections between Buddhism and Science Fiction and how the genre, through it’s incarnations on screens, in the pages of books and in popular imagination is a modern form of societal sadhana allowing collective visualization of possible futures and as a way to unlock the human potential hinted at in Buddhist Tantra.
Exploring the Poetry of Jankya Rolway Dorje
A line translation of Jankya Rolway Dorje’s poem “Recognition of Mother Voidness” introducing the Buddhist tradition of enlightenment songs and visionary poetics.
Exploring Mantra and Meditation with Nida Chenagtsang
Simple mantra and meditation methods from the tantric Buddhist perspective for cultivating physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being.
What is Right Livelihood? Exploring Buddhism with Bob Thurman
An introduction to the third branch of the eight-fold path of Buddhism of “Right Livelihood” illustrating the skillful art of navigating relationships with wisdom, compassion and joy.
Vajra Chanting Introduction with Dr. Nida
Demonstration of Vajra Chanting from the Ati Yoga Tradition of Yuthok Yonten Gonpo with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.
Exploring Mindful Leadership with Janice L. Marturano
A Dialogue on the role of mindfulness in leaders and the development of mindful leadership programs in recent years
Truth in Action: A Buddhist Perspective on Climate Reality
Truth in Action is a daylong global conversation on the climate crisis and how we solve it, led by Climate Reality Leaders trained by former Vice President Al Gore.
Bhutan & The Four Noble Truths: Buddhist History with Bob Thurman
A teaching on how the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path find a modern expression in the Gross National Happiness philosophy in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan’s constitution.
Lucid Living, Dying and Dreaming with Andrew Holecek
A discussion of Andrew’s perspective on lucid dreaming, this episode explores the bardo states, terminology of meditative states and the practical lessons passed down through the “Liberation Through Understanding in the Between: Tibetan Book of the Dead” teachings and by wisdom traditions across the ages.
Tsongkhapa’s Iron Bow with Bob Thurman
TsongKhapa’s Tengyur text, Essence of True Eloquence, is discussed here as preparation for the 2014 Beacon Theater teachings given by the H.H. the Dalai Lama.
Buddhist Healing Sciences with Eric Rosenbush
A dialogue on Traditional Tibetan Healing Sciences & Medicine Sowa Rigpa.
Dialog with Kiri Westby and Robert A.F. Thurman
This podcast is apart of the Tibet House US Menla Conversations series of dialogues between Bob Thurman & the leading hearts, minds & personalities bringing the ancient wisdom of Buddhism and Tibet into the modern mindful and compassionate revolution.
Why listen to Greta Thunberg? Robert A.F. Thurman
Truth in Action is a daylong global conversation on the climate crisis and how we solve it, led by Climate Reality Leaders trained by former Vice President Al Gore.
A Dialog with Jessica Pimentel and Robert A.F. Thurman
This podcast is apart of the Tibet House US Menla Conversations series of dialogues.
Celebrating Winter Solstice with Robert A.F. Thurman
A Special Video holiday message from Bob Thurman and invitation to “Envisioning 2021: Celebrate the New Year with Dharma, Yoga, Music, Meditation, & Astrology” hosted by Tibet House US Menla Online happening Dec 29th, 2020 – Jan 3rd, 2021.
Can Buddhism help End Racism? Buddhist Perspectives with Robert A.F. Thurman
The Buddhist perspective on reincarnation and how the barriers such, caste, race, sex or class tend to be eroded through the acceptance of karmic biology.
When is Losar? Exploring Tibetan New Year with Robert A.F. Thurman
In this short video Professor Robert A.F. Thurman gives an overview of the Tibetan New Year (Losar) and the related Astrology.
Exploring Tibetan New Year and Losar Traditions with Bob Thurman
“We must make miraculous change, and the planet will be better than ever.” -Robert A.F. Thurman
Do Buddhists Celebrate Solstice? Buddhism Explained with Bob Thurman
What is the Gaia Codex? Sarah Drew and Robert A.F. Thurman Book Discussion
A discussion on the need for conscious evolution of individuals in order to address the global climate crisis with Sarah Drew.
Man of Peace Graphic Novel Book Launch Livestream
The great fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet has become the first global Dalai Lama, a prominent transnational leader of all who want to make the dramatic changes actually necessary for life on earth to thrive for centuries to come. Considered the incarnation of the Buddhist savior Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara—archangel of universal compassion—he is believed to appear in many forms, at many different times, whenever and wherever beings suffer.
Representing the plight of his beloved Tibetan people to the world, he has also engaged with all people who suffer oppression and injustice, as recognized in 1989 by his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His life is thus an example for the world of an individual who never gives up, speaks truth to power, and returns love and kindness for anger and violence.
Along with many scientists, the Dalai Lama teaches that we need to stop poisoning the environment and change from insatiable consumerism to a sustainable lifestyle; that we need to stop the war culture that uses violence to conquer others, and change our armies into peace corps, resolving conflicts through dialogue and compromise; and that we need to discourage all religious and ideological extremisms and educate all people to better understand one another.
Most importantly, the Dalai Lama walks his talk throughout these pages, as he has throughout his life, and he radiates a powerful hope that we can and will prevail.
To learn more and order your copy of “Man of Peace”, please visit: www.bobthurman.com
Wisdom of the Land of Snow with Bob Thurman and Peter Sellars
“To have perfect love, you actually have to be perfectly happy yourself; you have to be happy, since love is what wills the happiness of the beloved. If you don’t know yourself what happiness is, then how can you really be willing their happiness?” -Bob Thurman
Psychedelics, Christianity & Cultural Creatives with Bob Thurman
A talk on the role of cultural creatives in creating peaceful social revolutions and how Buddhism’s spread influenced modern counter culture movements of the West.
Tibet House US Menla Conversation with Krishna Das
A short biography of Neem Karoli Baba and his impact upon Western seekers, a discussion of the non-dual nature of love, the power of spiritual models and friends and personal stories from their time studying with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Jewel In The Lotus: Om Mani Padme Hung with Krishna Das
An introduction to the Buddhist Mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” by Robert A.F. Thurman and group recitation of the chant led by Krishna Das.
Is there Buddhist Kirtan? Buddhism Explained Krishna Das
An evening of humorous stories about Khunu Lama, Kalu Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, the Dalai Lama, Allan Ginsberg, Ram Das & Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji).
Are Buddhism and Hinduism Related? Buddhism Explained with Krishna Das
A discussion with Krishna Das on the Buddhist perspective the soul, sin and greed using stories from their early years in India.
What is Deity Yoga? Dr. Tom Yarnall & Robert A.F. Thurman : Buddhism Explained
A discussion with Dr. Tom Yarnall on the “Guhyasamāja Tantra King of Tantras – The Glorious Esoteric Community” by Tsongkhapa.
Hatha Yoga and Vajrayana: A Call to Action by Robert A.F. Thurman
An invitation to all Hatha yoga and Vajrayana Buddhist students, mediators and inner scientists to develop and participate in a teacher training with Robert Thurman.
Questioning Buddhism with Sharon Salzberg and Bob Thurman
Tibet House US | Menla Saturday Night Live broadcasts are brought to you by the Bob Thurman Podcast and will be made available in audio form via your favorite podcasting platform.
What are the Buddhist Inner Sciences? Sowa Rigpa Explained with Eric Rosenbush
An introduction to the Buddhist Inner Sciences and how they form the heart of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa) and connect to modern researching into neurology + cognitive sciences.
Readings for Caretakers On Death with Dale Borglum & Robert A.F. Thurman
A discussion of recommended books for care-takers and on the use of anesthesia during Hospice & End of Life Care by Dale Borglum & Robert Thurman.
Is Buddhism Political? Climate & Global Cooperation: Buddhism Explained
Professor Thurman gives a teaching on the history of the Buddha’s own political nature. Recorded in Woodstock New York, July Full Moon, 2019
What is a Magic Body? Buddhism Explained with Dr. Nida
A Force For Good’ is a Tibet House US course to further the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, science dialogues and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics”, His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution & his emphasis on positive activism.
Studying the Miss-Titled Tibetan Book of the Dead
“Enlightenment is not some simple thing. We’re so tired of deluded complexity in our culture that we long for simplicity, but then when you realize you are bliss then complexity is delightful.
You don’t mind and you have the ultimate tolerance of cognitive difference. It doesn’t tear you and strain you and tire you. You enjoy it. Therefore enlightenment is the state of encompassment of infinite complexity.”
-Robert A.F. Thurman
Halloween, Death & Dying : Exploring The Tibetan Book of The Dead
“An important preparation for death should be the reading of the Buddhist sutras and treatises that describe the heavenly Buddha-lands, such as the Buddha Amitabha’s Sukhavati, the Pure Land of Bliss.” -Robert A.F. Thurman from ‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’
Meeting the Miss-Titled Tibetan Book of The Dead
A presentation of the Buddhist perspective on Death & Dying by Tibet House US President Robert A.F. Thurman. Includes a reading & guided meditations from the Bardo Thodol (བར་དོ་ཐོས་གྲོལ) ‘Tibetan Book of The Dead: Liberation through Understanding in the Between’
Cool Heroism – Response to Our Crisis of Violence
Recorded at: The Great Rethinking Prophets Conference Oxford, England
“We need cool heroes today—We don’t need hot heroes. By cool, I mean non-violent; I mean those who can be forceful, intelligent, just, and insightful, and speak up loudly and clearly but without getting angry—without indulging in hatred. You can be just as tough, but more effectively tough. It’s like a martial art.” – Robert Thurman
Ati Yoga Introduction with Nida Chenagtsang
An introduction to Ati Yoga: According to Yuthok Yonten Gonpo with Dr. Nida and Robert A.F. Thurman
Real Change: Covid, Climate Reality, and the New Normal
Saturday Night Live with Sharon Salzberg & Bob Thurman
A conversation on the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the ‘new normal’ and rapid changes we are confronted with. Includes a discussion of Sharon’s book “Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World” and other touchstone subjects.
The Dalai Lama Global Vision Online Summit
Join us for a 6-day FREE online event celebrating the life and vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with a robust lineup of speakers, including monks and nuns, teachers and authors, scholars, scientists and personal friends of the Dalai Lama himself.
To join this free event, please visit: www.lionsroar.com.
Vajra Yoga: Foundations in Mind and Body with Robert A.F. Thurman | Bob Thurman Podcast
Recorded on the “Super Moon” of August 2020, Professor Thurman introduces the historic Vajra Yoga teacher training being held in person and online with The Yoga Space’s Michele Loew and the Tibet House US Menla community.
What is the Un-Struck Sound? A Conversation with Mark Epstein M.D. & Bob Thurman | Saturday Night Live
Bob Thurman and Mark Epstein reflect upon their twenty plus years teaching together, highlighting the teachers and teachings which impacted their work, writing and personal journeys.
Flower Ornament Sutra with Robert A.F. Thurman
Recorded at the Force for Good: Mahayana Sutras, Buddhism in Expansive Perspective Flower Ornament Sutra Class in 2016 at Tibet House US.
A Conversation with Heather Shea and Rev. Dr. José M. Román
Open Heart Conversations is a place to meet, discover, and learn about different faith and wisdom traditions. Moderated by Bishop Heather Shea and Rev. Dr. José M. Román of the United Palace of Spiritual Arts.
Buddhism Marching Joyously | VOA Connect
“It was like meeting a superior civilization, a civilization that did not believe that human nature was inherently violent.” -Robert A.F. Thurman via Voice of America.
Conflict Between and Within: A Buddhist Perspective | Jepson Leadership Forum
Introducing the iconography of the Medicine Buddha used to train medical practitioners, Robert Thurman explores the foundations of Buddhism and the role of leadership within the Buddha’s philosophy. From University of Richmond’s Jepson Leadership Forum, 2014.
Psychotherapy and Buddhism Explained with Dr. Mark Epstein
A discussion of how Buddhist Insights informed by modern Psychology + psychoanalysis offer solutions for modern seekers.
To explore the work and teachings of Mark Epstein M.D tune in for “A Father’s Day Gift: Teach Yourself to Meditate Weekend Retreat” with Mark Epstein M.D. & Robert A.F. Thurman this June 17th -19th, 2021 Presented by Tibet House US Menla Online!
Royal Reason of Relativity: Buddha, Einstein & Wittgenstein – Bob Thurman Podcast #5
Professor Thurman discusses the progression in theories of relativity in the west from Einstein to Wittgenstein, and shows how the Buddha set forth a perhaps more complete version of the same insight 2500 years earlier with what was later called “the royal reason of relativity. “
America’s Opioid and Veteran Health Crisis: A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction with Robert Thurman
A video preview of “Planetary Treason: Tibet as Global Standing Rock – Episode #143 focusing on the modern chemical warfare known as the “Opioid Overdose Crisis” and includes a call to action to support Health Care Reform and Veteran Services.
Expanding Your Circle of Compassion
It’s hard to always show compassion – even to the people we love, but Bob Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle