Amongst so many Buddhist lectures now available, this is one of the best.
Professor Thurman (father of Uma Thurman of Pulp Fiction fame and Killbill) was the first American citizen to take robes as a Tibetan monk. He had previously been married to an oil magnate’s daughter. After disrobing, he married a Swedish model and became a distinguished scholar and political activist. What a life! Here he is on good form, possibly high on cold medicine. A lecture on Tibetan culture and history turns into a long tirade on many lynchpins of modern culture – competitiveness, war, atheism and materialism amongst others. An almost stereotypical professor (complete with a high voice and one glass eye), he is here impassioned and befuddled at the same time. He has a podcast as well, but I personally haven’t been drawn in by it. His TED talk, about the divine eye of Buddhas delivered on a psychedelic Persian rug, is charming.