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).
July 15th, 2009
Episode 102 of 409 episodes
His Holiness the Dalai Lama welcomes the main students of this teaching, a group of Buddhists from Korea. He compares the responses of the great spiritual philosophies to three questions: What is the nature of the self? Does the self have a beginning? Does the self come to an end? For Buddhism, a causeless âbeginningâ is not reasonable because material phenomena and consciousness can only arise in dependence upon their suitable/necessary causes and conditions. And the self appears in dependence upon imputation by consciousness.