Bob Thurman Podcast
By Bob Thurman : Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US and American Institute of Buddhist Studies
About this podcast
Professor Robert A.F. "Tenzin" Thurman’s official podcast covering diverse topics including Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, spirituality, Tibetan Culture, Asian history, philosophy, Eastern Ideas, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. These podcasts include original content as well as selected highlights from his lectures and presentations given around the world. Thurman is a recognized worldwide authority on these subjects and is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Eastern ideas to our daily lives. He is a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times and People Magazine.

Episodes (Total: 120 / Page: 1)
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Traditional Tibetan Medicine as preserved in Tibet with it’s practical synthesis of Ayurvedic, Chinese & Greek diagnosis systems is widely regarded as one of the greatest gems of Tibetan Culture. Opening this special podcast with recitation of the mantras of Avalokiteśvara, Tara & The Medicine Buddha Professor Thurman provides a detailed history of Traditional Tibetan... Read more » The post Tibetan Medicine 101: History & Context – Ep. 120 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
May 20, 2017
In this podcast Professor Thurman discusses how Buddha Nature can be understood as being a form of Loving Activism found through the realization of Emptiness. Includes a reading from the introduction to the AIBS Publication “Sublime Continuum Treatise Commentary” by Bo Jiang. Emptiness, or selflessness, is a foundation in all forms of Buddhist thought &... Read more » The post Buddha Nature Revealed: Loving Activism – Ep. 119 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
May 13, 2017
Engaging the wit, wisdom & practical solutions offered by the Buddhist concept of fierce compassion Robert AF Thurman’s special Mother’s Day podcast is an exploration of “cool” revolutions & the cool heroes found in every home: women. Citing The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr research into Oligarchs, the Brexit Vote & the rise of President Donald Trump... Read more » The post Buddhism’s Cool Heroes: Women – Ep. 118 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
May 6, 2017
Examining the form Buddhist traditions have taken in America in terms of the Eight Fold Path & the services they provide Professor Thurman suggests American Buddhism can be best defined as a Buddhism without Buddhism. Recorded at the Awakened Leadership Conference hosted by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation in 2009. To learn more about their work... Read more » The post Buddhism 101: American Buddhism – Ep. 117 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
April 29, 2017
In this podcast Professor Thurman & Sharon Salzberg explore the traditional Buddhist understanding of love and detail the Loving Kindness meditation practices developed by the historical Buddha.  Using personal stories & those from the Buddhist tradition this two long time friends provide a series of practical practices that help develop love as an ability. This... Read more » The post Real Love: Buddhism & Meditation with Sharon Salzberg – Ep. 116 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
April 22, 2017
Using the Guhyasamāja Tantra as a jumping off point Professor Thurman leads a discussion with Richard Freeman on the value of studying Esoteric philosophy within the context of experiential yoga practices. In this podcast Professor Thurman guides an investigation of the Buddhist understanding of Interdependence & explains how the concept of morphic resonance suggests a... Read more » The post Buddha, The Yogis & Yoginis: Yoga Revolution – Ep. 115 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
April 15, 2017
In this dialog with Don George Professor Thurman discusses the psychological & spiritual value of performing pilgrimages both in the modern day as well as in the life of Prince Siddhartha and his original group of followers. This podcast is apart of the ‘Buddhism 101’ Series using classic teachings from Robert Thurman to elucidate basic... Read more » The post Buddhism 101: Pilgrims + Pilgrimages – Ep. 114 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
April 7, 2017
The imagery of Tibetan tantric symbolism is potent and often shocking to those unfamiliar with the meanings of Buddhist art. In this podcast Professor Thurman explores how art is used in Buddhist Cultures as a way to stimulate the mind to develop the imagination needed to conceive of enlightenment & Buddhahood. Using selections from the... Read more » The post Tantric Art & Tibetan Buddhism – Ep 113 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
April 2, 2017
The story of the Chinese Invasion of Tibet & the resulting exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama vaulted the young leader onto the world’s stage in an unprecedented manner in 1959. Professor Thurman continues his exploration of the Tibet House US Publication ‘Man Of Peace’ starting with the dramatic events of 1959 and... Read more » The post Dalai Lama: 1959 & Beyond – Ep. 112 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
March 26, 2017
Citing the on-going industrialized savagery occurring post World War II Professor Thurman uses the example of Communist China’s self-created conflict & the potential reconciliation with Tibet’s His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as a possible model for all countries + nations to not only survive but thrive the modern age of mutually assured destruction. This... Read more » The post China, Civilization & the Dalai Lama’s Vision – Ep. 111 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
March 18, 2017
Tibet’s Dalai Lama is one of the world’s most respected, influential & beloved yet little understood refugees. In this podcast Professor Thurman gives an overview of the life of the Buddha, The Four Noble Truths & their connection to the modern reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. This podcast is a part of the Buddhism 101... Read more » The post Buddhism 101: Tibet’s Dalai Lama – Ep 110 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
March 10, 2017
After more than a decade in the works Professor Thurman discusses the ‘Man of Peace: Illustrated Life of the Dalai Lama’ Graphic Novel publication + provides an introduction to the history of Tibet, Buddhism & the 14th Dalai Lama. To learn more about + get your copy of the ‘Man of Peace’ Graphic novel please... Read more » The post Dalai Lama: Man of Peace – Ep 109 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
March 4, 2017 · 01:08:00
A Special Losar (Tibetan New Year) Podcast celebrating the Fire Bird/Phoenix year with a detailed introduction to the Buddhist Sciences + the secular nature of the Historical Buddha’s teachings. Includes a retelling of the life of Prince Siddhartha & his act of renunciation within it’s spiritual, social & religious context. Recorded at the Tibet House... Read more » The post Force For Good Buddhist Science – Ep 108 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Feb. 25, 2017
In this podcast Professor Thurman leads a reading of the early Pali Suttas known as the Digha Nikaya or The Long Discourses of the Buddha on the four foundations of Mindfulness. Includes a guided meditation using the Buddha’s instructions to bhikkhus & bhikkhunis. Recorded at the 2009 Tibet House US weekend retreat “Stress” with Sharon... Read more » The post Stress Relief for Buddhists – Ep 107 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Feb. 17, 2017
In this podcast Professor Thurman gives a brief history of the Western discovery of Buddhism and how there have often been misrepresentations of its central ideas—Dharma (or Dhamma), nirvana, karma—confusions some times brought over from the Asian sources countries, some imposed in attempts to modernize or Westernize Buddha’s expressions of how he sees the world.... Read more » The post Buddhism 101: Theism & Nonviolence – Ep 106 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Feb. 11, 2017 · 01:08:44
Professor Thurman begins this podcast with a detailed exploration of the concepts of absolute + relative realities as taught through the Buddhist Inner Sciences with commentary by Mark Epstein M.D.. This recording is apart of the Tibet House US Member Archive. To listen to more from this & other past programs please consider becoming a... Read more » The post Self & Selflessness – Ep 105 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Feb. 5, 2017
This podcast begins with an introduction to the Buddhist wisdom nagas by Professor Thurman through recounting a story from HH Dalai Lama‘s visit to Menla Mountain & concludes with a reading from the AIBS Publication ‘Universal Vehicle Discourse Literature’. Includes dialog with co-presenter Mark Epstein Ph.D & retreat participants. To listen to more recordings from... Read more » The post Nagas & The Qualities of Buddhahood – Ep 104 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Jan. 27, 2017
The historical Buddha taught that human life is precious and in this podcast Professor Thurman defines & elaborates this theme as taught by the Buddhists of Tibet. This podcast is apart of the ‘Buddhism 101’ Series using classic teachings from Robert Thurman to elucidate basic concepts of the tradition. This recording is an excerpt from... Read more » The post Buddhism 101: Preciousness of Human Life – Ep 103 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Jan. 20, 2017 · 00:39:51
A short meditation on the 2017 US Inauguration, the Women’s March & the historical context of the current global situation by Professor Thurman. This podcast was recorded on Jan 17, 2017 in Upstate New York. The post Inauguration & Women’s March – Ep. 102 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Jan. 15, 2017
The discovery of the historical Buddha not only posited the nature of reality but put forth a systematic method for individuals & society to transform themselves through enlightenment. In this podcast Professor Thurman introduces & elaborates the idea of enlightenment using Tibetan History as a lens. This podcast is apart of the 'Buddhism 101' Series using classic teachings from the Robert Thurman archive to elucidate basic concepts of the tradition. This recording is an excerpt from the ‘Pathways to the Spirit’ Series Talk given to Trinity College in 1998. The post Buddhism 101: Defining Enlightenment – Ep 101 appeared first on Robert Thurman.