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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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Superb

Stellar contribution Thurmans work is always top notch, clear, practical and deeply compassionate. A genuine and inspiring teacher, an essential part of growing as a practitioner.

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An incredible journey

I find that the best way to understand Buddhism is to listen and to practice. Reading, reading endlessly, consuming books, my eyes jump from one page to another in rapid succession, for me that is what I've done my whole life. There is no end to reading! But to listen intently to a learned speaker takes time, dedication, and almost a personal engagement with the nuances, humor, and vitality of that speaker. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the Dharma.

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Spectacular display of Wisdom by a great teacher

I have only begun to recognize how vast Thurman's knowledge is about Tibetan Buddhism and Tantra. Enjoy!

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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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Exceptional work

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

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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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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

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  • Kurt
  • Lucas, TX, United States
  • 09-12-13

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

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Robert Thurman delivers

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

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