Mindfulness, Vipassana Meditation & Buddha’s Middle Way | 1/3/2018

 

In this video Professor Robert AF Thurman discusses Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, Manjushri, his early days as a Tibetan language translator and studying “Tsongkhapa’s Iron Bow” with Tulku Tara & His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Includes a discusses the traditional Buddhist Mindfulness & Vipassana Meditation and compares Buddha’s Middle Way with Tsong Khapa’s Centralist Path.

 

“If you meditate a lot, before you have some learning, especially about emptiness and selflessness, then you’re likely to get into a state, because the mind is so powerful, where you will feel comfortable with your self-centeredness intact and it’ll be a kind of escapist state—a quietist type of escapist state.

When they do any kind of meditation where they sort of suspend their thinking process they feel more comfortable. So that’s a good sell and that way can develop a big Dharma center, or a cult, or a group.

Robert AF Thurman via www.wisdompubs.org

 

Mindfulness Photo by Lesly Juarez on UnsplashRecorded at the September 2014 Tibet House US Series ‘Essence of True Eloquence: Profound Wisdom & Vast Compassion’ with Robert AF Thurman.

This video is an excerpt from the Tibet House US Member Archive Video: Profound Wisdom + Vast Compassion Introduction with Robert AF Thurman”.

To watch the full video please visit: www.tibethouse.us

H. H. the Dalai Lama gave an historic discourse on Nov. 3 & 4 2014 in New York City at the request of Tibet House US on “Essence Of True Eloquence”, and the masterpiece text by Jey Lama Tsong Khapa (1357-1419) that is considered a classic presentation of the profound view of reality that is foundational for opening the floodgates of universal compassion.

The text is known as the Essence Of True Eloquence: Distinguishing the Interpretable from the Definitive Meanings of the Buddha’s Sutra Discourses (Tibetan– Drang nges legs bshad snying po), which is lucid and detailed expansion of the Short Essence of True Eloquence, the poem Jey Tsong Khapa wrote on the morning of the dawning of his full enlightenment in 1398.

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Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

About Robert AF Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and President of Tibet House US and it’s Menla Retreat & Dewa Spa in service of HH Dalai Lama & the people of Tibet.

A close friend of the Dalai Lama’s for over 50 years, he is a leading world-wide lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, passionate activist for the plight of the Tibetan people, skilled translator of Buddhist texts, and inspiring writer of popular Buddhist books. His most recent book is the 300 page graphic novel, Man of Peace: the Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

In partnership with Nena Thurman and dedicated contributors, he now focuses on making Tibet House US and its Menla Retreat & Spa a global center for the promotion, study and practice of Tibetan Buddhist healing arts and sciences of body, mind, and spirit, dedicated as a complement to the vast life work of its patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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).

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