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 23rd, 2009
Episode 81 of 409 episodes
Some Madhyamikas, such as Kamalashilaï¿s teacher, the great abbot Shantarakshita, accept the Cittamatrin presentation of the lack of external phenomena. However, they further assert that the mind also lacks true existence and shares the deceptive, illusion-like qualities of externalities. His Holiness explains the importance of the post-meditation practice of viewing all phenomena in daily life as illusion-like and how this practice will increase positive mental qualities such as compassion and bodhicitta while simultaneously decreasing the perceptions of independent existence (the grasping mind that generates afflictive emotions), and how to use this wisdom to complement the method practices of generosity, etc. His Holiness discusses using the method path to complement meditations on emptiness; the short term benefits of bodhicitta practice; clairvoyance; the long-term project of gradually purifying and ripening through sustained effort. He explains the five Bodhisattva paths in relation to the Heart Sutra dharani (gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi). Turning to the Nagarjuna text, His Holiness discusses the highest school of Buddhist tenets, the Madhaymika Prasangika (Middle Way Consequentialist), and how the two extremes of nihilism and reification are avoided by seeing that ï¿dependent origination is the meaning of emptiness.ï¿ He explains that the Prasangika assertion that everything exists by mere imputation in dependence upon a basis of designation does not mean that everything merely imputed is existent, and he discusses the fallacies of a view known as ï¿other emptiness. Finally, His Holiness reviews stanzas 72-84 of Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhicitta as a preliminary to the ceremony for conferring the aspirational Bodhisattva vows.