Robert A. F. Thurman on Tibet

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Robert A. F. Thurman on Tibet (1999)


Explore the history and culture of Tibet, from its ancient past to modern times, with Robert A. F. Thurman, Tibetan scholar, writer and translator, and a good friend of the Dalai Lama. Time magazine, which once chose Thurman as one of its 25 most influential American, described him as a “larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Siddhartha, from Asia to America.”

In this three-part series, Thurman tells us, with humor and insight, the stories and legends of the ancient Tibetan kings, heroes, sages, saints, and adepts. We see how the Dharma progressed in Tibet and how a powerful renaissance spirit seized the nation and a life dedicated to evolutionary progress toward Buddhahood became the prevalent model for Tibetans.

Episode List

The story Robert Thurman tells of Tibet is of the transformation of a ferocious nation into a compassionate one seeking transformation.
56 minutes
The charismatic powers of Padmasambhava brought about an unusual degree of teamwork among kings, abbots and monastics, keeping Tibet unified. Buddhism led to a shift in society, as Buddha, unlike Arjuna, steps away from the warrior role.
81 minutes
By demonstrating that it was possible to attain Buddhahood in one lifetime, Milarepa attracted many more Tibetans to Buddhism, continuing the shift away from militarism.
89 minutes

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