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The Jewel Tree of Tibet Speech

The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment of Tibetan Buddhism

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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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT:
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The truths of Padmasambhava, Naropa, Tsong Khapa, and other legendary sages
Guided meditations to experience the blessings of "the wish-fulfilling gem tree"

Hear more from Robert Thurman.

©2001 Robert Thurman; (P) Sounds True

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    A Peel-White Cumbria 23/01/2010
    A Peel-White Cumbria 23/01/2010 Listener Since 2008

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    "magnificent clarity and a superb teaching"

    I cannot rate this highly enough as I can't take it all in yet! There is depth and clarity and genuine teaching here - worth every single penny - truly a masterpiece and I thank the author for making the effort to teach this. Wonderful.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 10/05/2016
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    "wonderful narrator - wonderful message."

    Wonderful narrator - wonderful message. Interesting, immersive and relevant. I would recommend to anyone wanting an insight into Buddhism's interconnectedness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roland B-C Beckenham, United Kingdom 15/07/2015
    Roland B-C Beckenham, United Kingdom 15/07/2015 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing clarity with deep knowledge."

    Very clear and structured with a lot of personal experience and knowledge go back him up. Robert Thurman is one of the best Buddhism teachers i have found. Thank you for this lovely and educational book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. K. M. Fitzgerald Norwich, England 13/04/2013
    Mrs. K. M. Fitzgerald Norwich, England 13/04/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Of interest but meandering"

    I enjoyed learning more about Tibetan Buddhism and the meditations and visualisations led by the writer were of interest. I was frustrated by his continued reference to other religions, e.g. "You can visualise the Buddha, or Christ, or Allah," etc. I understand that he was trying to make his retreat inclusive (and indeed this is not an audiobook, it is the recording of a retreat), but it did not match what I was hoping to hear about. Also, there did not seem to be a clear thread of information; instead, the text meandered from one topic to the next and one idea to the next. He is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, and I gained from listening to much of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • K. Cunningham
    Panama, Central America
    26/12/06
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    "beautiful Buddhist teachings"

    I really enjoyed this book and found the teachings very helpful and beautiful. It may be too much for a beginner, but if you already have some Buddhist background you will probably find this book well worth your time. I plan to listen to it again because I know there is more than I could possibly get on just my first listen.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Michael Fielding
    New York, New York
    02/12/08
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    "Essential Tibetan Buddhism for Everyday Practice"

    Thurman breaks down the essential daily practice of Tibetan Buddhism into a wonderfully simply set of steps - literally the enlightenment engine - of how to practice. His genius is taking what can otherwise be difficult concepts and making them understandable, actionable and ... beautiful. Its not necessarily for the beginner but it can be. It is well worth the effort, giving the thoughtful listener essential tools for living an enlightened life. Highly recommended.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Laurajean
    New England, USA
    21/03/11
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    "Takes A Couple Listens... But Worthwhile"

    I'm a big fan of Bob Thurman, but when I first started listening to this book, I was slightly put off. A lot of exaggerated imagery about gems, rubies & diamonds & sapphires hanging from a tree, yeah yeah, we get it: The Three Jewels. But there's something about listening to Bob Thurman speak that makes me unable to abandon anything he's speaking about, so I continued on. Eventually I warmed up to the "magical talk" and understood it to be symbolism and got over it. Plus, his enthusiasm and strange accent are very engaging. The second half of the audiobook was MUCH more interesting and got into the practical things like practice, that I was hoping for. The next time I listened to it, I picked up on many things I had not the first time around, and I was surprised. I guess I needed a warm-up run. Then I listened to it a third time, and again, got even more from it. So overall I am glad that I bought it. But for anyone who listens to it the first time and is slightly put off, I would really recommend hearing him out. He does go somewhere, and it is worth the wait.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie
    Colorado Sptings, CO, United States
    11/10/06
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    "complicated"

    I would recommend this to those who have studied Buddhism some and have a fairly good handle on some of the big concepts. This teaching is pretty dense and quick. It is also fantastic. I will have to listen to this a number of times for it to sink in. I am super glad I got it--a good value for 1 credit.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Oskar's Mom
    Tucson, AZ
    12/07/08
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    "Blew my mind!"

    This is deep- and hard to follow material I have struggled with for years... Thurman does an excellent job of making it understandable. I found the guided meditations extremely useful. Thank you

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bill T
    25/06/07
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    "Hang with it, it's worth it!"

    Fantastic! A bit advanced, as others have said here, but regardless of your level, this listen has so many "jewels" that it's worth listening to many times!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    26/02/07
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    "hard to express"

    It seems trite but I find it hard to express the gratitude I feel for receiving this great teaching
    from a truly great teacher. ROBERT Thurman makes the complex and esoteric clear as a bell

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kate+Mitchell Powell
    Portland, OR, United States
    05/08/07
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    "EXCELLENT for all levels!"

    I am an more advanced practitioner, and love to listen while I work (draw. He is clear, he is inspiring, he is open, he is gracious -- truly a wonderful listen! I will listen again and again . . .
    His wonderfully expressive reading, his proper pronounciations, and his short chants add to the enjoyment. It also has been enjoyed by members of my family who are beginners on the path, or others who are not necessarily interested in Buddhism.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Justin
    WASHINGTON, DC, United States
    17/08/10
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    "You might start more fundamentally than this"

    While he's a great speaker and I loved this, i think I will come back to it after doing more research and gaining a better understanding. There was a lot more than I would have liked that went right over my head. If you are new to Buddhism you, like me, might start with something a bit more basic then come back to this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    24/11/08
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    "intelligent and soothing intro to Buddhism"

    Robert Thurman is the master, at least in the USA. He presents a very open-minded approach to Buddhism that even the non-religous or people from other religisons can appreciate and take pieces from to expand their mind and live a calmer and more balanced life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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