Was Buddha’s Discovery Bliss or Suffering? A Buddhism Explained Video from Anxiety, Addiction & Depression to Love, Relief & Understanding: A Buddhist Approach Outing the Ego Day Long Workshop with Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein M.D. and Robert A.F. Thurman, Tibet House US New York, May 2018
In this short video Robert A.F. Thurman discusses what the historical Buddha discovered and how Bliss is the foundation of reality not suffering.
This video is an excerpt from the archive recording from the Tibet House US day long workshop “Outing The Ego” (morning session) with Robert A.F. Thurman, Sharon Salzberg + Mark Epstein M.D “From Anxiety, Addiction and Depression” held in New York City, May 2018.
“Our own understanding reveals the nature of the world to us as the great bliss state of emptiness and openness. The nature of this world is super-bliss, intertwined and indivisible.
This great bliss state is the reality to which the Buddha awoke twenty-five hundred years ago, and to which millions and hundreds of millions of Buddhists over the centuries have awakened. It is undoubtedly, the reality that the great founding teachers of other world traditions experienced and tasted in their own ways, and made available to people, sometimes through understanding, sometimes through faith, or sometimes through different experiences. It is the same bliss state because it is the same reality. All beings dwell in this reality.
Unfortunately, most beings are not aware of it. The Buddha’s good news is that you can actually take a break from this struggle.
Robert A.F. Thurman from The Jewel Tree of Tibet.
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? Music by Tenzin Choegyal, Used with Permission www.tenzinchoegyal.com.
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About Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.
She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Loving Kindness and her most release by Flatiron Books, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.
Suggested Books + Audio by Sharon Salzberg
Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection (Book), Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (Book), Real Happiness at Work (Book), Voices of Insight (Book), Loving Kindness (Book), Faith (Book), Love Your Enemies (Book), Heart as Wide as the World (Book), Insight Meditation : A Step by Step Course on How To Meditate (Audio + Book), Room to Breathe: An At-Home Meditation Retreat (Audio), Loving Kindness Meditation (Audio) & Guided Meditations for Love & Wisdom (Audio).
To learn more about Sharon Salzberg please visit:
About Mark Epstein, M.D
Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism & psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self, The Trauma of Everyday Life. & Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University.
Connect with Mark Epstein M.D.
About Robert AF Thurman
Suggested Books & Audio by Robert AF Thurman:
Man of Peace: Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama (Book), Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within (Book), Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins (Book), Inner Revolution (Book), Circling the Sacred Mountain : A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas (Book), Essential Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Book of Natural Liberation Through Understanding in the Between (Book) The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism (Book), The Central Philosophy of Tibet (Book), The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: A Mahayana Scripture (Book), Life & Teachings of Tsong Khapa (Book), Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World (Book) & Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio).