November 24, 2021
Please join us and our guest, Robert Thurman, for a show on his book, Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life. Robert Thurman, the preeminent scholar and interpreter of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy for the modern world, leads us on a joyful exploration into the nature of reality through Buddha’s threefold curriculum of “super-education.”
“Buddha had to be an educator, rather than a prophet or religion founder, since he had achieved his goal of exact and complete understanding of reality by using reason, experiments to open his own mind, and vision to do so,” Thurman writes. “From his own experience, he could help [others] as a teacher by streamlining the process. He could not just transplant his realization into their minds. They could not get their own realizations just by believing whatever he said. He could only provide them with a prospect of full realization along a path of learning and experiencing they could follow—they would have to travel on their own.”
This book is your invitation to travel that same road. Deeply felt and bracingly direct, it doesn’t teach about the teaching—it is the teaching.
Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as Co-Founder and President of Tibet House US/Menla in service of HH Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet. A close friend of the Dalai Lama's for over 50 years, he is a leading worldwide 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. Learn more at https://tibethouse.us.