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).
June 20th, 2009
Episode 78 of 409 episodes
His Holiness explains the four vehicles (the Human & Divine, Brahman, Sravaka/Hearer & Pratyekabuddha/Solitary Realizer, and Bodhisattva vehicles) to present a third interpretation of Nagarjunaï¿s rendition of the Bodhisattva aspiration (to free, save, relieve and help all beings). His Holiness notes that the union of no more learning stage of Buddhahood depends upon the subjective clear light which can only be attained through highest yoga tantra practices. Turning to Kamalashila’s text which sets out the prerequisites for calm abiding and special insight meditation on conventional Bodhicitta and the wisdom of Emptiness, His Holiness discusses the mental states that arise spontaneously (afflictive emotions which disturb the mind) to dominate our physical and verbal actions. The foundation practice of Buddhism is to stop the seven naturally negative acts (because they cause harm) of body and speech by targeting the three mental delusions that trigger those seven: covetousness, ill will, and wrong views concerning the consequences of actions. The root of all delusions and non-virtues (the mind grasping at true existence) must be thoroughly investigated. His Holiness explains how to identify the delusions as our true enemy and how to defeat them (by relying upon dependent origination and the law of causation to enhance the forces that counter the mental afflictions).