Spiritual disciplines often seem remote from the realities of our daily lives. Yet there is a Mahayana Scripture which presents a model of enlightened practice in the midst of urban living, the Vimalakirti Sutra. This teaches a non-dualistic wisdom and reconciliation of dichotomies. It challenges ordinariness and reveals systematic and effective ways of tapping higher potentials while upholding one's usual responsibilities and enriching long-term relationships.
Robert Thurman examines one of the most sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism, The Vimalakirti-nirdesha Sutra. To any Buddhist practitioner, particularly those of Vajrayana Buddhism and Zen, this sutra is of the utmost importance. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha, but an ordinary man, who, in his mastery of the doctrine and religious practice, personifies the ideal lay believer, assuring commoners that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment comparable to those accessible to monks. The sutra teaches, among other subjects, the meaning of non-duality. Thurman discusses the background of the sutra, its place in the development of Buddhist thought, and the profundities of its principal doctrine: emptiness.
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Yes, a great story and a great performance
Robert Thurman - the narrator :) - He even managed to make me laugh when listening to not easy and not a very popular sutra - thanks to his interpretation and his warm attitude towards the characters
I don't think it would be possible :) From my point of view it was perfect
Definitely Yes :)
I really liked the story and the performance very much but… Unfortunately there is one BIG „BUT”. The recording ended abruptly almost in the middle of the sentence. The story of Buddha meeting with Vimalakirty, just announced a few minutes before this ending, wasn’t there neither any more recording was. First I thought there had to be a mistake with my downloading but the audio ended after a bit more than 7 hrs and it is exactly according to the details on the Audible page that it lasts 7hrs. So there is something wrong with the recording itself and I was really disapponting
Great listen and for some spontaneous laughs.
Sometimes the side noise is very disturbing.
The jumping from on topic to the next makes it sometimes hard to keep track of his line of thoughts, not very good for a car commute book
Robert Thurman is simply wonderful weaving together both a dharma teaching and an exegetical treatment of this important work that he translated from the Tibetan. Enlightening and entertaining and joyful.
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