The Jewel Tree of Tibet

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Thurman
Narrator: Robert Thurman
Genres: Buddhism
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: April 2005
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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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 "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.


- Eleven steps to create the spirit of enlightenment, here and now
- The truths of Padmasambhava, Naropa, Tsong Khapa, and other legendary sages
- Guided meditations to experience the blessings of "the wish-fulfilling gem tree"
- More than nine hours of compelling study with one of Tibetan Buddhism's greatest teachers
- The first full-length audio course with Dr. Thurman..

Reviews (3)

excellent & worth a 2nd listen

Written by drLaura on April 26th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really don't understand how a previous reviewer could have thought there were no meditations or guided meditations, since each of 6 sessions has a lengthy meditation... taking one from ordinary reality to sitting on a high mountain overlooking a lake and under the wish-fulfilling tibetan jeweltree with one's mentors. thurman fulfills his outstanding role of teacher with a combination of erudition, understanding, and detailed explanation that is helpful, fascinating and leads one to higher state of peace, calm, and service to other beings on the planet. i kept this long enough to listen to the whole thing twice, and will want to hear it all again.


Written by Jamie Beckham on April 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A little "out there" with the magical wish granting gem tree. After awhile the talk did get more pragmatic but for me it was too airy, whereas I'm looking for a little more history or direction and not run on talking with no reference points I can relate to.


Written by Renee Locks on June 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Dr. Thurman is very clear and elegant in his descriptions of the steps to enlightment. I personally would have enjoyed some guided meditations but I am glad I heard his talk.

Author Details

Author Details

Thurman, Robert

Robert Thurman is the author of the critically acclaimed, popular original books "Inner Revolution" and "Infinite Life" and a translator of sacred Tibetan texts, including "The Essence of True Eloquence" and "The Tibetan Book of the Dead." He teaches at Columbia University and holds the first endowed chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in America. Cofounder of Tibet House US and Menla Mountain Retreat Center, he lives in New York City and Woodstock, New York.