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34 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Robert Thurman. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Robert Thurman, often where they are interviewed.

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34 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Robert Thurman. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Robert Thurman, often where they are interviewed.

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Robert Thurman

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Robert Thurman served as the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University for 30 years, until 2020. A talented popularizer of the Buddha’s teachings, he is a popular speaker and the author of many books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture. In 2020 he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri Award for his help in recovering India’s ancient Buddhist heritage. The New York Times called Bob the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism, and Time Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.” He is also the founder and president of two non-profit organizations: Tibet House US, which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture; and the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, at Columbia U., dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific Tibetan treatises. His own spiritual quest began in his student years when, after an accident in which he lost the use of an eye, he left Harvard and found his way to India, where he first saw the Dalai Lama in 1962. He learned Tibetan, studied Buddhism, and became the first Westerner the Dalai Lama ordained as a monk in his tradition. He eventually offered up his robes and returned to academia and the householder life. We spoke about Buddhism, his remarkable spiritual path, and his good friend the Dalai Lama. Learn more about Robert Thurman here: https://bobthurman.com/about/
Oct 05 2020 · 40mins
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Ep. 354 – Ram Dass and the Selfless Soul with Robert Thurman

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Robert Thurman returns to share stories about Ram Dass, discuss his psychedelic years, and explore the topics of reincarnation, identity and activism.

Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University and President of the Tibet House U.S., and is the President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. Keep up with Robert at bobthurman.com

Aug 17 2020 · 1hr 10mins
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Exploring Tibetan Buddhism with Robert Thurman, Ph.D.

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For nearly 2,500 years, the world has heard about a man called the Buddha, a prince who gave up his kingdom to become a monk and is said to have awakened to a new and transformed human consciousness. Today it is believed that more than 535 million people practice Buddhism worldwide. We will explore the meaning of these extraordinary teachings with Robert Thurman, Ph.D., one of America’s foremost scholars of Buddhism. Thurman is the founder of Tibet House US, professor emeritus at Columbia University, and writer of numerous books on Buddhism and Tibetan culture.
Aug 06 2020 · 54mins
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Why We Suffer And How Not To with Robert Thurman

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Before I became a doctor, I actually studied Buddhism. I wanted to understand the root of human suffering, and through that understand the way to creating happiness. I realized that by becoming a doctor, I could help people alleviate suffering in multiple ways. Better yet, through Functional Medicine, I could get to the root cause of why the body is struggling and correct it from the ground up. My interest in Buddhism was sparked when my sister took me, at just 15 years old, to a lecture by Professor Robert Thurman, the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism. My life has never been the same, and I was thrilled to sit down and tell him that on this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy

Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University; President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization; and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific treatises from the Tibetan Tengyur. Time chose Professor Thurman as one of its 25 most influential Americans in 1997, describing him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.”

*For context this interview was recorded in April 2020

Here are more of the details from our interview: 


  • Robert’s description of “Buddhism in a nutshell” (11:04)


  • The first Noble Truth (or fact) of Buddhism: Recognizing that we suffer (15:30)


  • The second Noble Truth (or fact) of Buddhism: Misunderstanding that our reality causes suffering (20:13)


  • The third Noble Truth (or fact) of Buddhism: Freedom from suffering (22:44)


  • The fourth Noble Truth (or fact) of Buddhism: The 8-fold path of education, or training (26:24)


  • Using Buddhism as a lens for dealing with COVID-19 and all the resulting suffering (31:02)


  • Changing our relationship to fear through empathy (37:37)


  • Robert’s experience as a young man, traveling to India, and meeting the Dalai Lama (42:16)


  • Robert’s psychedelic experience and how psychedelics be used to treat and educate (45:21)


  • Book recommendations to go inward, and learn more about Buddhist thought and the environmental movement (59:02)


Learn more about Robert Thurman at https://bobthurman.com/

Follow Robert on Facebook @Robert.A.F.Thurman and on Twitter @bobthurman

Listen to Robert’s podcast at https://bobthurman.com/bob-thurman-podcast/

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Jun 08 2020 · 1hr 19mins
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Ep. 15 | Robert Thurman - Turning The Wheel Of Time

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This is a very special episode of our podcast. Bob Thurman is a national treasure. He is one of the world's greatest Tibetan Buddhist teachers and scholars. In 1962, Tenzin Bob was the first Westerner to be ordained by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the founder of Tibet House with Richard Gere and Philip Glass and was named one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans. The conversation between Jai Dev and Bob is filled with wonderful teachings, a spirit of joy, and lots of laughter.   This episode is the audio broadcast of our recent online event, Turning The Wheel Of Time. To join the full online retreat with Bob and Jai Dev, visit http://www.turningthewheeloftime.com
Apr 23 2020 · 1hr 23mins
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Episode 61: Matthew Fox and Robert Thurman: Cultivating Peace in Difficult Times: Part 3

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On this episode, we reach back into the archives for part three of this historic talk between Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman and Christian theologian Rev. Matthew Fox. In this final installment, Bob and Matthew discuss the men and women who inspire them, including the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Meister Eckhart, and Hildegard of Bingen. They offer insight into creating more compassion in our lives and hope for cultivating a more compassionate world. Isa Gucciardi moderates this talk that took place at the Sacred Stream Center in 2017.

Robert Thurman is the co-founder of Tibet House U.S., a bestselling author, and is recognized worldwide as an authority on religion, spirituality, Asian history, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama. Matthew Fox is an expert on Christian mysticism and Creation Spirituality, and an author of over 35 books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.

Apr 16 2020 · 36mins
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Episode 60: Matthew Fox and Robert Thurman: Cultivating Peace in Difficult Times: Part 2

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On this episode, we return to the archives to bring you part two of this historic conversation between Christian theologian Rev. Matthew Fox and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. In this talk, moderated by Isa Gucciardi, Bob and Matt offer thoughtful and sometimes humorous ideas about how we can cultivate peace individually and collectively. They talk about what led them to their respective spiritual paths and how they have navigated obstacles along the way.

Robert Thurman is the co-founder of Tibet House U.S., a bestselling author, and is recognized worldwide as an authority on religion, spirituality, Asian history, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama. Matthew Fox is an expert on Christian mysticism and Creation Spirituality, and an author of over 35 books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.

Mar 24 2020 · 41mins
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Episode 59: Matthew Fox and Robert Thurman: Cultivating Peace in Difficult Times: Part 1

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On this episode, we dive into the archives to bring you a historic conversation between Christian theologian Rev. Matthew Fox and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. This talk on Cultivating Peace in Difficult Times took place at the Sacred Stream Center in 2017 and was moderated by Isa Gucciardi. We will be releasing this talk in three parts over the next few weeks. In part one, Bob and Matt offer thoughtful and sometimes humorous ideas about how we can cultivate peace individually and collectively. They talk about what led them to their respective spiritual paths and how they have navigated obstacles along the way.

Robert Thurman is the co-founder of Tibet House U.S., a bestselling author, and is recognized worldwide as an authority on religion, spirituality, Asian history, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama. Matthew Fox is an expert on Christian mysticism and Creation Spirituality, and an author of over 35 books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.

Feb 21 2020 · 49mins
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Ep. 52 – Nina Rao – Preserving the Wealth of Nature with Robert Thurman

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Robert Thurman joins Nina Rao for a conversation around strategies we can use to restore our balance with the natural world.

Feb 06 2020 · 1hr
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Preserving Tibetan Culture with Robert Thurman Podcast Bonus

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In this extended holiday episode Professor Thurman gives an introduction to the history and mission of the Dalai Lama’s cultural arts center Tibet House US in New York City and its retreat center Menla in Phoenicia, New York.

Opening with a personal invitation to the Annual Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert Robert A.F. Thurman gives a detailed history of the event organized by Philip Glass and explains it’s connections to Tibetan New Year and the precious culture of Tibet.

Podcast includes a discussion of the benefits of becoming a Tibet House US Member, a short introduction to Tibetan Culture for beginners and an in-depth exploration of the landmark graphic novel “Man of Peace : The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet” by Robert A.F. Thurman.

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Tibet House US is dedicated to preserving Tibet’s unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil. By presenting Tibetan civilization and its profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of freedom to the people of the world, we hope to inspire others to join the effort to protect and save it.

Tibet House US is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of this earth.

Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.

“I feel that Tibetan culture with its unique heritage – born of the efforts of many human beings of good spirit, of its contacts with Mongolian, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Persian culture, and of its natural environment – has developed a kind of energy which is very helpful for cultivating peace of mind and a joyful life. I feel that there is a potential for Tibet to help humanity, and particularly our Eastern neighbor, where millions of young Chinese have lost their spiritual values. In this way, I feel very strongly that Tibetan culture will have a role to play in the future of humanity.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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