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: 115 / Page: 1)
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.
Jan. 6, 2017
Professor Thurman guides a close reading of the ‘Six Session Guru Yoga’ it’s commitments for initiates of the Yoga and Highest Yoga tantras, explaining the bodhisattva and tantric vows taken when practicing the Kalachakra and concludes with an overview of the teachings for those with a general interest in Mahayana and esoteric practice. Recorded in Ladakh during Robert Thurman’s 2014 Kalachakra Trip with GeoEx Adventure Travel. The post Six Session Yoga & Kalachakra – Ep 100 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Dec. 31, 2016
The Kalachakra Tantra or "The Wheel of Time" teachings as preserved within the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana tradition are considered some of the most esoteric & significant series of initiations transmitted by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In this podcast Professor Thurman gives an introduction to the twelve days of the Kalachakra initiation providing the historical & symbolic context. Recorded in Ladakh during Robert Thurman's 2014 Kalachakra Trip with GeoEx Adventure Travel. The post Exploring The Kalachakra – Ep 99 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Dec. 24, 2016 · 01:08:31
Sharon Salzberg & Robert Thurman lead a dialog on the concept of skillful means & answer questions about Buddhist reincarnation through story telling & explanation of current empirical evidence found in modern scientific journals. Recorded at the 2009 Tibet House US Retreat "Working With Your Enemies" at Menla Retreat · Resort · Spa in Phoenicia, New York. The post Working With Enemies: Skillful Means & Reincarnation – Ep 98 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Dec. 17, 2016 · 01:08:00
In this podcast Professor Thurman & Sharon Salzberg discuss the practice of lovingkindness and it's power to change one's relationship with difficult people, emotions & situations. Includes a brief introduction to lovingkindness practice & dialog with retreat participants. Recorded at the 2009 Tibet House US Retreat "Working With Your Enemies" at Menla Retreat · Resort · Spa in Phoenicia, New York.   The post Lovingkindness For Your Enemies – Ep 97 appeared first on Robert Thurman.
Dec. 9, 2016
In this podcast Professor Thurman leads a recitation from his translation of "The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between" of the final section for those journeying through the final stages of the Bardo. Recorded at Menla Retreat in Phoenicia, New York, 2009. The post Reciting the Tibetan Book of the Dead – Ep 96 appeared first on Robert Thurman.