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 23rd, 2009
Episode 115 of 409 episodes
At the start, His Holiness answers questions about the role of gurus on the path and antidotes to laziness. Then he continues explaining the Nagarjuna text by focusing on the harmony between the conventional and ultimate nature of phenomena and each personâs buddha nature. Emptiness does not mean non-existence. Our practical well-being is enhanced by countering the appearance of independent existence with the wisdom of dependent origination. Repeating the mantra of Amitabha as a prayer to a sky-dwelling Buddha of Boundless Light is popular, but the real Amitabha is actualized by those who realize emptiness directly with the subtlest level of consciousness. The bodhicitta mind that leads to such realization is based on valid cognition not wishful daydreaming. His Holiness then introduces Kamalashila and his text, a practical manual for implementing the Bodhisattva Path.