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 14th, 2009
Episode 34 of 409 episodes
The principal point of Ngulchu Gyalsey Thogme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is to outline what needs to be put into action. It is not a text concerning mere intellectual understanding. The salutation is to the lama inseparable from Avalokiteshvara, who on the one hand embodies wisdom, seeing that all phenomena neither come nor go. On the other hand he embodies deep compassion for sentient beings seeking to overcome suffering. This compassion is not simply spontaneous, but the result of steady practice over 3 countless aeons. Buddhahood is achieved on the basis of causes and conditions. What are they? All sentient beings possess buddha nature or the primordial mind, but they need to follow a path to eliminate the defilements that obscure it. Path implies something that brings about change. It is because there is change that we can purify our minds. Just as with the opposing forces of hot and cold, if one increases, the other diminishes, so as virtue increases, unwholesome action declines. Life as a free and fortunate human being is precious because of the human capacity to analyse and act upon the conclusion