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Columbia University professor Robert Thurman stands alone among scholars of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He was the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and he is the renowned translator of many seminal Buddhist texts, including The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
In Making the World We Want, you will hear a very different Thurman as he speaks candidly on what he considers the most urgent issue of our time: how Buddhism is now poised to revolutionize the entire course of humanity.
In this passionate, incisive, and often hilarious joyride of the mind and spirit, Thurman explores: mindful communities as "enlightenment factories" and how they have sparked "inner" revolutions throughout history; the Buddha's philosophy of life, liberty, and the pursuit of real happiness; how compassion and nonduality spur social action; the vision of sacred texts for the future of humanity; and much more.
"The Buddha founded a quiet revolution," asserts Thurman, "a total reorientation of the habits of individuals and entire societies." In Making the World We Want, you will learn how each of us can participate in this monumental revolution today.
©1998 Robert Thurman (P)1998 Robert Thurman
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-03-17

Bob Thurman is a space wizard angel

He's like Dumbledore and Madeye Moody in one. Besides the mad wisdom he spits with a distinctive flair, he also has a magical glass eye that can peer into the infinite. He's like best buds with Buddha, constantly name dropping famous friends like Jesus, Brahma, and a million billion bodhisattvas of every imaginable creed. He humbly suggests we wake the hell up. But includes a lot of really good reasons for doing so. I am very pleased with this purchase. Every recording of bob I've heard is solid gold. And he's uma thurmans dad. Like what?! What kind of checkered past might eventually reemerge is yet to be seen. He might be forced to end his path of pacifism and take up the sword again. Can we look forward to a hilarious translation of the Art of War someday? I doubt it. Enjoy this powerful call for activism towards sanity and peace and loving kindness instead.

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