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Digital Seminar

Buddhism: Historical and Philosophical Developments

Robert Thurman, PhD
2 Hours 50 Minutes
Audio and Video
Sep 19, 2013
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This training introduces the historical context and development of Buddhist thought and practice as it evolves from India into East Asia and Tibet. Contextualized within the pre-Buddhist Vedic culture of India, leading expert Robert Thurman reviews the central tenants and the associated texts and ideals that define three major phases of the philosophical evolution of Buddhism, namely the Individual Vehicle of renunciation and monasticism, the Universal Vehicle of love and compassion and the Diamond Vehicle of the tantras.


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Robert Thurman, Ph.D., is a recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., Spiritual Director of Menla, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. Dr. Thurman received his Ph.D. from Harvard and has studied extensively with many top Tibetan Lamas including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. Thurman is the author of many books, including The Central Philosophy of TibetThe Jewel Tree of Tibet, and, most recently, with William Meyers and Michael Burbank, Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Robert Thurman is a professor at Columbia University. He receives a royalty from PESI, Inc. Robert has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Robert Thurman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Understand the cultural and historical context from which the three major phases of Buddhist philosophical thought arose.
  2. Identify the unique characteristics, philosophical tenants and associated practices of the Individual, Universal and Diamond vehicles of Buddhism


  • Survey the Historical Context of Buddhist Philosophical thought
  • Highlight the unique characteristics of the major philosophical developments in Buddhist Thought

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