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 21st, 2009
Episode 111 of 409 episodes
Speaking mostly in English, His Holiness discusses the common Buddhist heritage of Asia and the value of applying Buddhismâs analysis of inter-dependent origination to international and inter-personal affairs, as well as to scientific inquiry. He explains how inter-dependent analysis undermines anger and hatred for our âœenemiesâ and increases compassion, forgiveness and tolerance. He notes that Buddhism is not based on faith alone but is to be freely adopted after investigation. He urges Buddhists to study and implement right conduct (non-violence) and view (inter-dependence). Then His Holiness concludes the commentary on the Condensed Lam Rim verses by explaining the function and practice of the Tantric Vehicle on the path to Buddhahood. While he performs the actual ceremonies that confer the five lay precepts, generate the mind aspiring to Bodhicitta, and grant a tantric permissory initiation of Avalokiteshvara in Tibetan, His Holiness gives warm and occasionally humorous explanations of the meaning of these ceremonies in English.