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 36 of 409 episodes
We have the precious opportunity of having found this life as a free and fortunate human being at a time when the Buddha’s teaching still exists. Nevertheless, we will die and when that happens the only help will be the imprint of the Dharma on our minds. The entry to the Dharma is taking refuge. Of the three sources of refuge, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the actual refuge is the Dharma, defined as cessation or freedom from afflictive emotions and the state of realisation that brings that about. In the context of the law of causality a Bodhisattva’s practice never to commit an unwholesome deed. The aspiration for a better rebirth is something common among Buddhism and other faiths and is a means of overcoming the suffering of suffering and the suffering of change. However, seeking liberation from cyclic existence, characterised as it is by all pervasive suffering, is a Buddhist aspiration and a Bodhisattva’s practice. It is supported by the three transcendental trainings in ethics, meditative stabilisation and wisdom. Bodhisattvas generate the awakening mind that aspires to liberate all beings. They employ the seven point cause and effect instruction, or the means of exchanging self and others or the combined eleven-point meditation on generating the awakening mind.