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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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    Kurt Lucas, TX, United States 09-12-13
    Kurt Lucas, TX, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    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


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    Ryan Alpine, Texas, United States 05-30-13
    Ryan Alpine, Texas, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    Where does The Jewel Tree of Tibet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top tier


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    Talking about death and rebirth.


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

    There really weren't any characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Eric 05-23-13
    Eric 05-23-13
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    If you could sum up The Jewel Tree of Tibet in three words, what would they be?

    Robert Thurman wins


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    Robert's delivery, he really believes what he's communicating, and he really enjoys communicating it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Thurman's ornate descriptiveness


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Karma Owen Sound, ON, Canada 02-20-13
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    "A Filling Satisfying Feast of Buddha Dharma"

    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

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    Brernd Lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-23-12
    Brernd Lawrenceville, GA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2014

    Ich heisse Bernd, gar nicht 'Brernd'. Das iss genook

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    "Excellent as non-esoteric- the REALITY deal"
    What did you love best about The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    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.


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    Kerrie Portland, OR, USA 12-13-07
    Kerrie Portland, OR, USA 12-13-07
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    "I just didn't get it...yet"

    There were bits here and there that seemed to jive with me, and other times I was completely lost. Definitely not for the beginner student.

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    OwenC 02-25-08
    OwenC 02-25-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Boring"

    I found this book dreadful and irritating to listen to. Also overpriced.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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