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The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism

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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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    L Gijon 08-02-08
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    "Excellent spiritual and meditaion guide"

    Thurman presents in a very easy to understand format the truth about our existence and ultimate goal, and shows the path all humans must and will eventually follow. His meditations are well structured and condensed, yet one can always come back to them and practice them many times

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 01-24-13
    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Life-changing illumination"

    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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel Peralta Valdes 07-07-16
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    "Extraordinary!!!"

    Dr Thurman makes these subjects very understandable, his expositions are as bright as ever!

    Thank you

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Alpine, Texas, United States 05-30-13
    Ryan Alpine, Texas, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 10-03-12
    James 10-03-12 Member Since 2016

    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 2017
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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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    E. Skeivys Chicago, USA 06-23-10
    E. Skeivys Chicago, USA 06-23-10 Member Since 2017
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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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    Sky 04-30-17
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    "Vital to my practice of Buddhism."
    What did you love best about The Jewel Tree of Tibet?

    I'm so thankful to have this precious audiobook once again in my ownership. The Jewel Tree of Tibet The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism by Robert Thurman is a vital tool in my cultivating calmness of mind and enriching my Buddhist beliefs and understandings. Once again I am so thankful to have this that I may listen and benefit from in my life.


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