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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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.
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.
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
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 :)
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.
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