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The Jewel Tree of Tibet Speech

The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism

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Publisher's Summary

Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a "wish-fulfilling jewel tree" for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone. With The Jewel Tree of Tibet, honored scholar and teacher Robert Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted, through the spoken word.

As a young seeker almost 40 years ago, Thurman first journeyed to Dharamsala, where he became the first Westerner ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Now, Thurman guides you lucidly through the unifying principles of Tibetan Buddhism's many branches. You will discover Tibetan Buddhism's detailed map of the "bliss state of enlightenment", the principles of tantra for opening the doors to "infinite compassion and continuity", and how to overcome the dangers of the spiritual quest to discover states of consciousness that transcend even death.

Finally, here is Robert Thurman on audio, offering a rich and intellectually riveting retreat program, complete with many specific meditations and spiritual practices to fully immerse you in the mysteries of The Jewel Tree of Tibet. More than nine hours of compelling study with one of Tibetan Buddhism's greatest teachers.

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©2001 Robert Thurman; (P) Sounds True

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    Yeshe Totnes Valley, Australia 02-06-11
    Yeshe Totnes Valley, Australia 02-06-11
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    "Robert Thurman is brimming with energy and wit"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-17-10
    Justin WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-17-10
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    "You might start more fundamentally than this"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 01-24-13
    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Life-changing illumination"

    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.

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    James 10-03-12
    James 10-03-12 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy audio books and blogging.

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    "This book quenched my enquiring mind."
    What did you love best about The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    The narration was excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Jewel Tree of Tibet to and why?

    Similarly, "Search Inside Yourself" is a great manual for anyone who wants to strengthen their mind.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Thurman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Robert Thurman listen. I would like to listen to more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    There is sensational music throughout the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Crowley, Texas, United States 08-15-12
    Amazon Customer Crowley, Texas, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative but very dull"
    What disappointed you about The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I would have to look on my wish list. I have 45 books on there and looking forward to the next one.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Thurman’s performance?

    Dull.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Lot of information


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Skeivys Chicago, USA 06-23-10
    E. Skeivys Chicago, USA 06-23-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful"

    The powerful message within these teachings touched my heart. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary J. Murphy Atlanta, GA 08-23-16
    Mary J. Murphy Atlanta, GA 08-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Robert Thurman at his Best"

    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.

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    Gabriel Peralta Valdes 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Extraordinary!!!"

    Dr Thurman makes these subjects very understandable, his expositions are as bright as ever!

    Thank you

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    sally s. 06-19-16
    sally s. 06-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional work"

    This is to be cherished and listened to again and again.
    A great work.
    Thank you Robert Thurman!

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    adrian 06-06-16
    adrian 06-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good meditation practice"

    love the idea of the meditation practice ,and I love practicing it .the only thing I would change is the guys voice lol but overall I really loved it and would recommend it to all :)

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