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The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism | [Robert Thurman]

The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism

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.
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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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT:
Eleven steps to create the spirit of enlightenment, here and now
The truths of Padmasambhava, Naropa, Tsong Khapa, and other legendary sages
Guided meditations to experience the blessings of "the wish-fulfilling gem tree"

Hear more from Robert Thurman.

©2001 Robert Thurman; (P) Sounds True

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    James 10-03-12
    James 10-03-12 Member Since 2012

    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 2010
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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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    dez 04-08-11
    dez 04-08-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awesome"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 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.

    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 Listener Since 2005
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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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    John 06-30-15
    John 06-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nonsense"
    What would have made The Jewel Tree of Tibet better?

    If I never wasted a credit on it.


    What could Robert Thurman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Slow down. Take a breath.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speak in the first person.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    The entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry 06-11-15
    Sherry 06-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great must listen"

    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 )
    Alaln Watts

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MMore 02-27-14
    MMore 02-27-14
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    "Bob Thurman is amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Jewel Tree of Tibet to be better than the print version?

    I don't have the print version.


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

    Bob's Tibetan Book of the Dead (book of liberation by hearing) audio book, which is much less formal, but still profound.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Thurman – was your favorite?

    Doesn't pertain


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to Bob Thurman who is a dharma master and my entire world is reorganized by what he teaches. Thanks, Bob!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Lucas, TX, United States 09-12-13
    Kurt Lucas, TX, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I prefer to digest the information and then continue


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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