Tibetans call their cherished tradition of Buddhism a "wish-fulfilling jewel tree" for its power to generate bliss and enlightenment within all who absorb its teachings. This path to enlightenment, it is taught, requires more than a sitting meditation practice alone. With The Jewel Tree of Tibet, honored scholar and teacher Robert Thurman brings these insights to you as they were meant to be transmitted, through the spoken word.
As a young seeker almost 40 years ago, Thurman first journeyed to Dharamsala, where he became the first Westerner ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Now, Thurman guides you lucidly through the unifying principles of Tibetan Buddhism's many branches. You will discover Tibetan Buddhism's detailed map of the "bliss state of enlightenment", the principles of tantra for opening the doors to "infinite compassion and continuity", and how to overcome the dangers of the spiritual quest to discover states of consciousness that transcend even death.
Finally, here is Robert Thurman on audio, offering a rich and intellectually riveting retreat program, complete with many specific meditations and spiritual practices to fully immerse you in the mysteries of The Jewel Tree of Tibet. More than nine hours of compelling study with one of Tibetan Buddhism's greatest teachers.
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Eleven steps to create the spirit of enlightenment, here and now
The truths of Padmasambhava, Naropa, Tsong Khapa, and other legendary sages
Guided meditations to experience the blessings of "the wish-fulfilling gem tree"
Worth every penny
Bob Thurman is by far the most adept person that I am aware of that can bring the splendor and magic of Tibetan Buddhism to the Westerner that takes an interest in the subject. This, along with his translation of the "Book of the Dead" as well as his videos on Tibet and Buddhism and his many podcasts have brought me tremendous comfort and great joy. Thank you to the sweet diamond drill that is the Dharma transmission of one R.A.F.T. These teachings have brought me through the worst of times. This book is only expensive in a very isolated sense. To me, it is worth it to hear Bob speak rather then to read it. If you have come close to buying this book then do not hesitate. This is the closest I have seen human speech and language come to making concepts like emptiness fathomable.