Yoga, Bliss & Mind : Buddhist Inner Sciences – Ep. 205

Opening with a discussion on the Buddhist definition of the mind, Professor Thurman details the philosophical history of and essential role of exploring it’s nature through the experience of bliss within the Buddha’s teachings and in it’s meditations and yoga practices.

Detailing how Buddhism’s central tenets of causality, emptiness and compassion relate to modern Quantum and Particle Physics Robert A.F. Thurman provides those engaging in physical yoga practices and meditation a roadmap for discovering the blissful nature of reality.

Podcast includes a introduction to the Buddhist Inner Sciences and the “network of Dakinis” as taught in Buddhism’s esoteric art and Vajrayana practices.

Podcast concludes with a reading of Wallace Steven’s poem “Snowman” by Gary Gach.


Yoga, Bliss & Mind : Buddhist Inner Sciences - Ep. 205 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

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This week’s episode’s of the Bob Thurman Podcast was brought to you in part through the monthly support of the Tibet House US Membership Community and Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York.

This podcast is apart of the Buddhist Inner Sciences 101 Podcast Series taken from the Bob Thurman & Tibet House US archives which are intended to provide an introduction to the yogic, meditative & theoretical practices of the tradition. These recordings are intended to be general overviews & one should be studying with a qualified teacher before attempting or engaging in the practices.

Yoga, Bliss & Mind : Buddhist Inner Sciences – Ep. 205 of the Bob Thurman Podcast was recorded at the Annual All Levels Yoga and Buddhism Retreat “Buddha & the Yogis” with Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor and Robert A.F. Thurman July 16 – 23, 2017 at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York.

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The song ‘Dancing Ling’ 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.

Gary Gregory Gach is an author, translator, and editor living in San Francisco. A dynamic speaker and teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism his works include the anthology “What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop” and the forthcoming “Pause Breathe Smile – Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation is Not Enough”.

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