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 75 of 409 episodes
In the final teaching session, His Holiness alternates between English and Tibetan. He explains that the wisdom of emptiness is an attribute of functioning phenomena, the corollary of dependent origination, and how a mind in profound meditation upon that valid wisdom breaks the Twelve Links of samsara’s chains. His Holiness expounds on the keys to practicing loving compassion and the marvelous qualities of bodhicitta. He urges the students to recognize the errors of grasping at true existence and to counter those with the integrated practices of bodhicitta, wisdom and skillful means. To foster enthusiastic practice, His Holiness explains the meaning of the lay vows and the tantra of the bodhisattva vows (Avalokiteshvara) to be conferred in the final session. Since a special relationship is established by tantric initiation between the guru and disciples, His Holiness recounts the historical problems that exist today between the cult of Dogyal and the lineage of the Dalai Lamas.