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 22nd, 2009
Episode 114 of 409 episodes
Begins with His Holiness giving extensive answers to studentsâ questions about topics raised in the morning: whether the two truths are independently existent (since they are not the result of the karma or enlightened activities) and the meaning and function of valid cognition. Then His Holiness explains that Nagarjuna introduces the topic of his text (ultimate bodhicitta per the Madhyamika/Middle Way) by citing a verse from higher yoga tantra that speaks of the profound meditation by the subjective clear light (the subtlest level of a personâs consciousness and energy as meditator) and the objective clear light (the object of meditation, wisdom realizing ultimate truth). He shows how Nagarjuna engenders understanding of ultimate truth by refuting mistaken views of the self asserted by philosophies of non-Buddhist (as independent, eternal and unitary) or non-Madhyamika Buddhist tenets (as self-sufficient/substantially established and the Cittamatrin/Mind Only view that refutes subject/object duality of consciousness and external phenomena but clings to truly existent mind). His Holiness explains why only a correct understanding of ultimate bodhicitta can uproot the fundamental misperception of reality which is the root of all our sufferings.