It would be fair to say that this audio changed my life -- at at least the way I think about it. I had been playing at the edges of Buddhism, trying to penetrate the concepts from traditional texts but not having much success beyond the superficial. Along comes Robert Thurman. He is able to "explain" Buddhist to the Westerner in a way that is both deep and entertaining. I had many aha! moments during the course of this audio.
The contents are presented as a lecture series, so the style is informal and witty. I was mesmerized. I wound up listening to large chunks at a time, taking copious notes, which I still treasure. I have re-listened to it several times since then. It's one of those great audio investments that keeps on giving.
Thurman is not "selling" Buddhism as a superior or stand-alone religion. He invites people of all beliefs to apply the principles of Buddhist compassion to their lives. He has studied with the Dalai Lama and conveys much of DL's cheerfulness and openness to all people.
As a serious Buddhist, I find Robert Thurman to be engaging, authentic and hilarious. In The Jewel Tree of Tibet he manages to make a rather huge chunk of Tibetan Buddhism easy to grasp and easy to digest.
If you are an intermediate to advanced practitioner, this is definitely one worth listening to.
While he's a great speaker and I loved this, i think I will come back to it after doing more research and gaining a better understanding. There was a lot more than I would have liked that went right over my head. If you are new to Buddhism you, like me, might start with something a bit more basic then come back to this.
I don't have the print version.
Bob's Tibetan Book of the Dead (book of liberation by hearing) audio book, which is much less formal, but still profound.
I listen to Bob Thurman who is a dharma master and my entire world is reorganized by what he teaches. Thanks, Bob!
Talking about death and rebirth.
There really weren't any characters.
Talking about karma and rebirth moved me a lot. I never really believed in karma and rebirth; however, after listening to this audio book I have noticed that the teachings of karma and rebirth have greatly increased my openness and compassion.
It was really a very moving audio book; I recommend it to anyone. At the end of the day it is only 9 hours long, and who knows maybe it will impact you as much as it did me. It was worth every second of listening to me, and I find myself continuously going back to his guided meditations about the jewel tree.
I enjoy audio books and blogging.
The narration was excellent.
Similarly, "Search Inside Yourself" is a great manual for anyone who wants to strengthen their mind.
This is my first Robert Thurman listen. I would like to listen to more.
This book made me think.
There is sensational music throughout the book.
This has a lot of information but written like a textbook. It would not keep my attention.
I actually couldnt finish listening to the whole thing.
I would have to look on my wish list. I have 45 books on there and looking forward to the next one.
Lot of information
Robert Thurman gives another brilliant elucidation of Tibetan Buddhism. He draws from his personal life experience, wisdom and extensive knowledge of the Tibetan culture and history as he discusses how we may all walk the path to Buddhahood.