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
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.
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.