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 16th, 2009
Episode 72 of 409 episodes
As the students who requested these teachings are mainly English-speaking Buddhists from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia of Chinese descent, His Holiness spoke in English about his commitment to promote secular human values and religious harmony. While positive mental attitudes can overcome physical suffering, material prosperity does not eliminate mental misery. The clash of opposing forces inherent in phenomena is the basis for transformation, and the first counterforce to mental suffering is compassionate loving kindness. Biology, not religion, dictates our reliance on love and compassion. Secular science, medicine and philosophy along with the major religious traditions can promote these human values to counter global and personal troubles. For the individual, faith solely in one’s own religion or truth is valid. For the varied dispositions of the many, multiple expressions of truths are necessary. Respect for all the truths that promote human values is essential. His Holiness then introduced analytical bases for Buddhist spiritual practice (the evolutionary law of causation and selflessness) and the authors of this teaching’s subject texts, Nagarjuna and Kamalashila.