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 8th, 2009
Episode 96 of 409 episodes
His Holiness gives parting advice to the audience of ordained and lay Buddhists from Tibet and around the world and then concludes the oral transmission of the Jataka Tales. These last tales describe the Great Bodhisattva’s past lives as a monkey whose great compassion wins the respect of a greedy royal hunter; as an ascetic whose great patience triumphs over the violence of a royal sensualist; as a deva who teaches the law of karma to an amoral king; as an elephant who embraces suffering to rescue hundreds persecuted by a cruel ruler; and as a prince whose pure integrity and bravery convert a rogue cannibal king. His Holiness concludes these Monlam teachings by reading short portions from the opening of the Dhammapada and the Jataka Tales, as an auspicious sign of further teachings.