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).
April 30th, 2009
Episode 7 of 409 episodes
Maitreya in the “Sublime Continuum” and Nagarjuna in the “Praise to Suchness” both make the challenging assertion that primordial wisdom is present within delusion. Thus His Holiness the Dalai Lam begins his discussion of the clear light level of mind. The clear light nature is the subtlest possible level of mind. His Holiness details some of the ygic feats someone with access to this level of mind is capable of. It is what transforms into the enlightened omniscient consciousness and it fashions the body of subtle form we will also have on the Buddha ground. To actualize the Buddha potential within most of us need to follow a gradual approach beginning with study of texts such as the “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”. His Holiness returns to the theme of vigilance which is the subject of Chapter 5. Constant alertness is needed to subdue the wild elephant of the mind and to train it in the ways of Bodhichitta. Then His Holiness brings us to the challenge of dealing with the great enemy of our own anger. This is the subject of Chapter 6, The Patience chapter, a radical tour de force in which Shantideva shows how external enemies and the situations that provoke our anger are a Bodhisattva"s best teachers, exposing the reality of ego-clinging like no other