“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bob Thurman and Krishna Das lead a live recitation and chanting of a traditional long life prayer as well as additional Birthday greetings.
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.
Robert Thurman and His Holiness the Second Kalu Rinpoche share personal stories from their years of studying and practicing Buddhist Vajrayana meditation
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.
“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.
A short introduction to Buddhist Mandalas and the Medicine Buddha’s Pure Lands with Dr. Nida.
An introduction to the Yuthog Nyingthig Dream Yoga Tradition with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang & Robert A.F. 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
A short introduction to the meaning of the Medicine Buddha & it’s systems of healing sciences as developed in Tibet.
A guided nine breath meditation with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang & Robert Thurman.
Exploring Chakra and Channels as taught in the Sowa Rigpa Tibetan Medicine tradition.
A short introduction to Tibetan Vase Yoga Practice with 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
A discussion of Vajrayana Buddhism since coming to the West and how the teachings can be studied an applied in modern seeker’s lives.
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.
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..
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.
A line translation of Jankya Rolway Dorje’s poem “Recognition of Mother Voidness” introducing the Buddhist tradition of enlightenment songs and visionary poetics.
Simple mantra and meditation methods from the tantric Buddhist perspective for cultivating physical, mental and spiritual health and well-being.
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.
Demonstration of Vajra Chanting from the Ati Yoga Tradition of Yuthok Yonten Gonpo with Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.
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 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.
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 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.
A dialogue on Traditional Tibetan Healing Sciences & Medicine Sowa Rigpa.
This podcast is apart of the Tibet House US Menla Conversations series of dialogues.
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.
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.
In this short video Professor Robert A.F. Thurman gives an overview of the Tibetan New Year (Losar) and the related Astrology.
“We must make miraculous change, and the planet will be better than ever.” -Robert A.F. Thurman
A discussion on the need for conscious evolution of individuals in order to address the global climate crisis with Sarah Drew.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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).
A discussion with Dr. Tom Yarnall on the “Guhyasamāja Tantra King of Tantras – The Glorious Esoteric Community” by Tsongkhapa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Thurman gives a teaching on the history of the Buddha’s own political nature. Recorded in Woodstock New York, July Full Moon, 2019
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.
“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
“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’
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’
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
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.
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.
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.
Recorded at the Force for Good: Mahayana Sutras, Buddhism in Expansive Perspective Flower Ornament Sutra Class in 2016 at Tibet House US.
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.
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.
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!
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. “
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.
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