H.H. the Dalai Lama, the most prominent contemporary figure in Tibetan Buddhism, teaches regularly on a variety of topics ranging from entry level lectures to profound oral commentaries on seminal texts covering subjects such as Wisdom, Compassion, Ethics, Nature of the Mind, Buddhism and Science, and Meditation and Psychotherapy. His office does a great job making the teachings available through its official webcast. Now they are available in a podcast here as MP3 audio files encoded at 64Kbps mono. If you rather see video, check out the “Dalai Lama Video Teachings” podcasts (available in Standard Quality and High Quality).
May 12th, 2009
Episode 33 of 409 episodes
Turning to Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom His Holiness discusses the Two Truths, conventional and ultimate truth. He goes on to explain the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising, a clear presentation of how ignorance is the source of sentient beings being caught in cyclic existence. Action motivated by ignorance leads to suffering. However, the process can also be reversed, by coming to a proper understanding of reality ignorance is overcome and liberation achieved. With the end of ignorance, suffering ceases. Crucial to understanding reality is examining how the self appears to the mind. Does the self exist as it appears, complete, autonomous and so forth? On the other hand, if the self does not exist as it appears, what is the status of the phenomena that are its possessions? Nagarjuna asserts that the self exists, but the question is how it exists? He examines this in relation to the Buddha. Selflessness concerns the person’s designation on the basis of the psycho-physical aggregates.