Robert A. F. Thurman on Tibet: The Ancient Kings and the Arrival of the Dharma Video
The Ancient Kings and the Arrival of the Dharma

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Robert A. F. Thurman on Tibet: The Ancient Kings and the Arrival of the Dharma (1999)

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Robert Thurman explains that Tibetans tell their history in a magical way. They say they have multiple levels of history – ordinary perception, extraordinary perception and secret perception. Their lives are interfused with the presence of all kinds of supernatural beings.

The story Thurman tells of Tibet is of the transformation of a ferocious nation into a compassionate one seeking transformation. He begins by looking at the Tibetan Plateau at a time when it was quite regionalized, with a variety of rulers and warlords. He notes, too, that the demands of high-altitude living mostly insulated Tibet from being overrun by its neighbors.

Thurman tells stories of such important people as Songtsen Gampo, who unified Tibet, introduced Buddhism, and created the written Tibetan language in the 7th Century. Also, he introduces Padmasambhava, who, in the 8th century, brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet and environs.

Robert Thurman
English

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The Ancient Kings and the Arrival of the Dharma Video
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Episode 1 The Ancient Kings and the Arrival of the Dharma
The Ancient Kings and the Arrival of the Dharma (1999)
Episode 1
, 56 minutes
The story Robert Thurman tells of Tibet is of the transformation of a ferocious nation into a compassionate one seeking transformation.
Available worldwide
The Later Spread of the Dharma: Saints, Sages and Adepts Video
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Episode 2 The Later Spread of the Dharma: Saints, Sages and Adepts
The Later Spread of the Dharma: Saints, Sages and Adepts (1999)
Episode 2
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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 ...
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The Dharma State: Tibetan Lamas, Modernity and the 21st Century Video
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Episode 3 The Dharma State: Tibetan Lamas, Modernity and the 21st Century
The Dharma State: Tibetan Lamas, Modernity and the 21st Century (1999)
Episode 3
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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.
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tammiecourt75, posted on September 6, 2016

I love this mans energy and passion, he makes the tibeten culture come alive, Wonderful

Robin_hedstrom_7, posted on August 31, 2016

Thanks for posting is there any more episodes coming?

this was very interesting.

I feel very drawn to Tibet and the Himalayas.

azpiper11, posted on August 30, 2016

Looking forward to the remainder of this series.

lynn19, posted on August 30, 2016

his presentation style. My husband's mother spent many seasons trekking in Nepal; she stayed with families and LOVED the people and their way of life very much.

franlambfran, posted on August 30, 2016

Dr. Thurman is very engaging and clearly discusses what could be very complicated concepts.
I spent time doing Seva at his Menla Mountain Retreat. He is an awesome human, just Be-ing !

greatdaygordana8, posted on August 30, 2016

Very Nice story and good presentation by: Robert Thurman of ancient culture and teachings that we westerners know very little about.
As east European I have years ago explored little Buddhist teachings, Milarepa and Narpa- The translator. After all, I can honestly say that I know about this topic very little!
Best regards,
Aleks

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