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 79 of 409 episodes
His Holiness expounds on the causes and conditions required to attain Buddhahood as set out by Kamalashila: the basis (nature of reality, the two truths), path (wisdom and method collections) and fruit (Buddha’s truth and form bodies). Ultimate (i.e., final mode of things and events) truth is the mere negation of absolute reality, the one/same taste of all phenomena (not the source of phenomena). Conventional truth is the dependently originated multiplicity of phenomena each of which is mentally imputed upon a basis that is other than itself. The profound experience of dissolution (ultimate suchness) is generated by thorough critical analysis; not by faith, nor by hardheaded adherence to texts that cannot be taken literally. The difficult paths of method (based upon conventional reality) and wisdom (the dissolution of all elaborations in the sphere of ultimate reality) that respectively give rise to the fruit of a Buddhaï¿s form and truth bodies are driven by great compassion. His Holiness presents interpretations of Buddhaï¿s teachings on the Four Noble Truths respecting the basis, path and fruit. As phenomena may be manifest, slightly hidden or extremely hidden to us, we need guidelines to assess the reliability of teachers. One who possesses only wisdom attains only solitary peace, but one who possesses bodhicitta (a mind that cherishes others more than self), which transforms all practices into causes for inevitably attaining Buddhahood, will gain wisdom. His Holiness explains the seed of bodhicitta, which is the biologically innate compassion (the love that binds social animals together); aspects of attachment and aversion required for biological survival; and tantric meditations that take anger (but not ill will) ï¿into the pathï¿. His Holiness elaborates how wisdom can develop our inborn affection into great compassion and the genuine renunciation of bodhicitta. He discusses aspects of cyclic existence: the continua of the physical world, the samsaric realms (in relation to levels of consciousness), human evolution, and the beginningless reincarnation of mental continua (versus causeless or random production of a first moment of mind).