Forgetting Future Life, Heaven & Veganism: Force For Good Lam Rim | 1/31/2018

Forgetting Future Life, Heaven & Veganism: Force For Good Lam Rim with Robert AF Thurman

In this short video Professor Thurman discusses the value of re-examining all worldly beliefs including belief in past and future life, heaven and even veganism.

Full archive video recording explores the history of the “Lam Rim: Stages of The Path” a collection of mind training teachings preserved in Tibet & their connection to the Buddhist Tantra. Professor Thurman provides an introduction to these cherished practices as refined + passed down by Tsongkhapa & the Dalai Lama lineage.

Archive Video includes a discussion the First Dalai Lama, past + future lives, The Three Kinds of Suffering and concludes with a guided meditation on the exchange of Self + Other, Mother Kindness Recognition & the Causal Steps used in Tsongkhapa’s Lam Rim teachings.

Forgetting Future Life, Heaven & Veganism: Force For Good Lam Rim with Robert AF Thurman

“The ancient Buddhist understanding, which is also taught by people like St. Francis and in other spiritual traditions like the Sufis, is that the worldly person is insane, actually, from the point of view of the dharma person or spiritual person, while the spiritual person can be expected to be considered insane by the worldly person.

The worldly person lives for the purpose of this life. They want to get everything out of this life: get membership in this society, make their money, get their fame, get their status, have their relationships. That’s really what they’re living for.

The spiritual person is seeking to become an infinite being – to become the vast one – in the theistic tradition, becoming one with the divine, and in the Buddhist tradition to become a Buddha. Therefore, worldly success is defined in a different way: this life is seen as an evolutionary opportunity for you to evolve toward becoming an infinite being, and therefore you’re not that interested in the goals of status and success within the context just of this life. That becomes less interesting to you.”

Robert AF Thurman via www.awaken.com

 

A Force For Good’ is a Tibet House US course to further the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind & Life Institute science dialogues (Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium and Beyond Religion), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of Tibet’s Dalai Lama) & along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility).

“Modern Mendicants – No Haircut, No Free Lunch : Force For Good Lam Rim” is an excerpt from the Tibet House US #ForceForGood Class Series Video: “Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Sources : Madhyamaka Lam Rim with Robert Thurman“.

To join the on-going #ForceForGood series please visit: www.tibethouse.us.

To watch more videos from past ‘Force for Good’ programs please visit the Tibet House US Member Archive, available to monthly supporters.

Full access starts at $2 a month.

? Music by Tenzin Choegyal, Used with Permission www.tenzinchoegyal.com

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

More Video

  • All
  • Archive Video
  • Bob Thurman Podcast
  • Book Launch
  • Conference
  • Dalai Lama Official Message
  • Documentary
  • Interviews
  • Lectures
  • Meditation
  • Menla Retreat Program
  • Podcast
  • Presentations
  • Press
  • Rally
  • Tibet House Events
  • Tibet House Special Event
All
  • All
  • Archive Video
  • Bob Thurman Podcast
  • Book Launch
  • Conference
  • Dalai Lama Official Message
  • Documentary
  • Interviews
  • Lectures
  • Meditation
  • Menla Retreat Program
  • Podcast
  • Presentations
  • Press
  • Rally
  • Tibet House Events
  • Tibet House Special Event
Dalai Lama Official Message

His Holiness meeting with members of Tibet House US at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on October 21, 2022

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s meeting with members of Tibet House US at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on October 21, 2022.

Read More →
Dalai Lama Official Message

Talk to the Muslim Community at Masjid Sharif

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks to members of the Muslim community during his visit to Masjid Sharif, in Shey, Ladakh, UT, India on August …

Read More →
Archive Video

Celebrating the Dalai Lama’s Birthday with Robert A.F. Thurman

Professor Robert A.F. “Bob” Thurman’s official podcast covers diverse topics including Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, spirituality, Tibetan Culture, Asian history, philosophy, Eastern Ideas, and His …

Read More →

Techung and Tibetan Ensemble – Classical Music from Lhasa

This live concert is part of Techung’s Tibetan Music Preservation Project, which aims to preserve and promote Tibetan traditional music through authentic record, distribution, performance …

Read More →

View The Documentary: Never Forget Tibet The Dalai Lama’s Untold Story

GET TICKETS! Over sixty years after China’s Most Wanted Man escaped from occupied Tibet, the powerful documentary follows The Dalai Lama as he recounts his …

Read More →
Dalai Lama Official Message

Tibetan New Year’s Greetings

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Greetings for the Tibetan New Year (Losar) on March 3, 2022.

Read More →
Dalai Lama Official Message

Overcoming Negative Emotions

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on how we can deal with our negative emotions.

Read More →

Tenzin Choegyal Homegrown Concert

Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan/Australian artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador, widely considered one of the world’s finest musicians with Tibetan heritage. He feels …

Read More →
Dalai Lama

Facing Challenges with Compassion & Wisdom

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talk on Facing Challenges with Compassion & Wisdom followed by a question and answer session online from his residence in …

Read More →
Dalai Lama

Concise Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teaching on Tsongkhapa’s “Three Principal Aspects of the Path” & “Concise Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” online from his …

Read More →

Happy Holidays! A message from Tibet House US President Bob Thurman

As 2021 draws to a close and we head into our 35th anniversary year we are deeply appreciative of you, our many donors, members, supporters …

Read More →
Tibet House Events

This evening is the fourth of a four-part live poetry series curated by Arden Wohl.

Towering Mind: A Poetry Series Curated by Arden Wohl – FREE Live Stream Event! Tibet House US and Arden Wohl present Towering Mind, four evenings …

Read More →
Tibet House Inauguration - 1987
Archive Video

Tibet House Inauguration – 1987

In 1987, Columbia University professor and THUS President Robert Thurman, the first western Buddhist monk, actor and Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, Richard …

Read More →
Inside Tibet - From the National Archives
Archive Video

Inside Tibet – From the National Archives

Inside Tibet – From the National Archives

Read More →
Tibetan Scenes 2 (1945) - extracts from collections at the British Film Institute
Archive Video

Tibetan Scenes 2 (1945) – extract

Tibetan Scenes 2 (1945) – extracts from collections at the British Film Institute

Read More →
Tibetan Scenes 1 (1945) - extract
Archive Video

Tibetan Scenes 1 (1945) – extract

Tibetan Scenes 1 (1945) – extract

Read More →
Sir Basil Gould's Films of Tibet (1940) - extract
Archive Video

Sir Basil Gould’s Films of Tibet (1940) – extract

Sir Basil Gould’s Films of Tibet (1940) – extract

Read More →
The 14th Dalai Lamas' Geshe Examinations in Lhasa, Tibet, 1958
Archive Video

The 14th Dalai Lamas’ Geshe Examinations in Lhasa, Tibet, 1958

The 14th Dalai Lamas’ Geshe Examinations in Lhasa, Tibet, 1958

Read More →