If I never wasted a credit on it.
Slow down. Take a breath.
Speak in the first person.
The entire book.
This was 9 hours of futility. I stayed with it because other reviews said it would get better. It was like a marathon community college rant by a professor of eastern religion who did too much acid in the 60's. I can't imagine what anyone found of value in this evangelical interpretation of Buddhist thought.
This book has answered a lot of information to understand Buddhism.
It seems to open new thoughts or change your perception He seems to remind me of .(who has inspired me as )
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!
I was not sure about the approach at first but the sessions picked up a nice rhythm and were quite enjoyable. I suspect I will visit the Jewel tree often as well as relisten to the program in the future.
No, I prefer to digest the information and then continue
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.
Robert Thurman wins
Robert's delivery, he really believes what he's communicating, and he really enjoys communicating it.
Thurman's ornate descriptiveness
It's hard not to smile once and a while during a listening session. Yet, it's also hard to believe that starving children in some way deserve their fate because of karma-crimes in past lives, or that we need love Hitler as he may have once been our mother in a past life. Any and every religion is going to posit odd and disconcerting beliefs, however.
Robert Thurman has done a Ted Talk on the subject of Buddhism. It's short and is a great primer for this book. If you enjoy his Ted Talk, you should definitely pick up this book, you won't be disappointed.
ॐ Thank you Robert Thurman La you are a hero to me and i am always thankful and totally well fed by your knowledge of Buddha Dharma. I have been listening to "The Jewel Tree of Tibet The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism" Oh my i have so much encouragement and full buffet feast of Dharma truths is incredible. Namaste Robert Thurman La Tashi Delek. ॐ
Ich heisse Bernd, gar nicht 'Brernd'. Das iss genook
Robert Thurman has made the Tibetan Book of the Dead, as well as the history of Tibetan Budhism, directly accessable to me. This text can only equal or surpass that tome. It has helped me to Awaken. I bow to the Buddha living, and emanating, from his kindness.
Robert Thurman is phenomenal. This 'book', is truly inspirational!
As 'Rob', takes you on a voyage of 'self'' discovery, analyzing scrupulously, the world as you know it
(be you Buddhist or not), in light of Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, infusing all manner of spiritual and scientific disciplines, with this sacred Tibetan understanding, sharing this knowledge with such charisma and in such a cheerful, modern fashion as to enlighten the viewer to this ancient teaching, in context to all cultures, all faiths,all societies, all people. It was such a pleasure to listen to 'Rob', as he explains sounds, words, phrases and texts in the context of a modern vocabulary and way of thinking.
Thank you Robert Thurman, for this wonderful insight and understanding, I listen to this over and over again, (obviously not straight away, or necessarily in one sitting:)
If I ever recommended a book. This would be it.