Basic Buddhism

  • by Robert Thurman
  • Narrated by Robert Thurman
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Robert Thurman's Basic Buddhism is a collective series of five lectures he has given on Buddhism. In these lectures, Thurman patiently takes apart each jewel of Buddhism: The Buddha as the teacher of enlightenment, the Dharma as the teaching, or enlightenment itself, and the Sangha as the historical and current community of learners seeking to become Buddhas.
Topics included:


Who Was Buddha?
Vadrayana
Buddhism and The Sangha
Mahyana
Dharma of Buddha

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Customer Reviews

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Great lectures!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend these lectures! Robert Thurman maps out Buddhism for the westerner.


What does Robert Thurman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robert Thurman is thoroughly entertaining.


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- strongmetal1

Enlightening and entertaining

Any additional comments?

For a lecture, the audio quality is good. Thurman has a clear speaking voice (although some may find it grating, but I like it). He uses amusing and interesting comparisons as well.

The title "Basic Buddhism), however, is a bit misleading. This is at a much higher level than basic. Also, it focuses more on the spiritual aspects of Buddhism than the philosophical ideas, which could be good or bad depending on what you want to learn.

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- Umaros

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2014
  • Publisher: BetterListen