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Finding Joy with Buddha

For everyone.

This program aims to counter the notion that Buddhism is a gloomy religion, demanding that we subscribe to a miserable view of life and a determination to leave it as soon as possible. Instead, Robert Thurman invites us to encounter Buddha as a friend, someone who wants to help us become more cheerful amid the ups and downs, who doesn’t want to disturb our membership in whatever religion we may have been born into, including the religion of rationalistic secularism.

Come together to learn, question, and consider Buddha’s discovery that reality is alright already, that we humans can understand that fully, and by so doing, have more fun in life, not even worrying too much about death and beyond. Although many consider Buddhism a religion and like to live with sensible beliefs and rules, the mainstream followers of Buddha’s inspiration engage in the processes of higher education he pioneered. Buddha’s instructions are brought to life most famously today by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whose central teachings Robert also explores.

Recommended reading His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion and The Universe in a Single Atom; Robert Thurman, Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet; Inner Revolution; Infinite Life; and The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

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All Spiritual Practice and Inquiry


Robert Thurman, PhD, is an authority on spirituality, mind science, philosophy, and Tibetan Buddhism. His latest book is Love Your Enemies, co-written with Sharon Salzberg.

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