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 74 of 409 episodes
In English, His Holiness answers audience questions addressing the situation of Tibet, goal of bodhicitta, nature of enlightened mind, future of the Dalai Lama institution, compatibility of Buddhist practices with theistic faith, universal purpose of human life, practice of patience towards harm-doers, subtle energy and mind, and the Heart Sutra mantra. In commentary on the texts, His Holiness discusses incorrect assertions by Buddhist philosophers distinguishing the selflessnesses of the person and of phenomena (partless particles, lack of external phenomena, true existence of mind and ultimate truth). He explains the differences within the Madhyamika school: the Svatantrika (Autonomist) view of a subtle objective reality and the ultimate Prasangika (Consequentialist) view of dependent origination and emptiness that explains the functionality of merely nominated appearances. The reasons that profound meditation on the wisdom of emptiness can sever the roots of samsara while even subtly incorrect views cannot are illustrated by the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination. Returning to English, His Holiness discusses perspectives of science and Buddhism on aspects of consciousness related to origin, death and reincarnation.