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Dalai Lama Audio Teachings on Tibetan Buddhism Podcast

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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).

Principle Path to Enlightenment; 13-July-2007 (Day 7 of 7; Part 1/2) - Dalai Lama Audio Teachings on Tibetan Buddhism Podcast

June 14th, 2009

Episode 70 of 409 episodes

The one method that eliminates the afflictive defilements (rooted in ignorant grasping) and their respective karma is non-dual meditative concentration on the sole antidote, the wisdom of emptiness. Buddha led disciples to that wisdom by teaching progressively subtler levels of selflessness, so only logical reasoning can determine which view is internally consistent and which leave residues of deceptive appearance. All Buddhists accept the basic selflessness that is a lack of an autonomous substantial person. Some hold emptiness to be the non-duality of subject and object, but cling to the true existence of mind. Others assert that all phenomena lack true existence, being posited by non-deceptive subjective minds, but hold that mind to be findable on the basis of its own characteristics. The true Middle Way propounds the harmony of emptiness (all phenomena lack even a slight degree of independent existence, leaving no ground for attachment and aversion) and dependent origination. Since all phenomena are dependently originated (not objectively existent), all phenomena are empty (of intrinsic existence). Being empty, no independent, self-characterized phenomena can be found; everything is dependently originated (implying a mode of existence). Thus the two extremes of nihilism (nothing exists) and eternalism (something for self-grasping to hold) are easily avoided. The Bodhisattva Ethics commentary guides Bodhisattva vow-holders’ introspective examination of the thoughts, motivations and judgments underlying their activities. The Bodhisattva vows should be studied and understood before they are taken (unlike self-liberation and tantric vows), so a detailed examination of their benefits, qualities and grounds for infractions along with detailed description of all aspects of the Bodhisattva vows ceremonies is given. The one method that eliminates the afflictive defilements (rooted in ignorant grasping) and their respective karma is non-dual meditative concentration on the sole antidote, the wisdom of emptiness. Buddha led disciples to that wisdom by teaching progressively subtler levels of selflessness, so only logical reasoning can determine which view is internally consistent and which leave residues of deceptive appearance. All Buddhists accept the basic selflessness that is a lack of an autonomous substantial person. Some hold emptiness to be the non-duality of subject and object, but cling to the true existence of mind. Others assert that all phenomena lack true existence, being posited by non-deceptive subjective minds, but hold that mind to be findable on the basis of its own characteristics. The true Middle Way propounds the harmony of emptiness (all phenomena lack even a slight degree of independent existence, leaving no ground for attachment and aversion) and dependent origination. Since all phenomena are dependently originated (not objectively existent), all phenomena are empty (of intrinsic existence). Being empty, no independent, self-characterized phenomena can be found; everything is dependently originated (implying a mode of existence). Thus the two extremes of nihilism (nothing exists) and eternalism (something for self-grasping to hold) are easily avoided. The Bodhisattva Ethics commentary guides Bodhisattva vow-holders’ introspective examination of the thoughts, motivations and judgments underlying their activities. The Bodhisattva vows should be studied and understood before they are taken (unlike self-liberation and tantric vows), so a detailed examination of their benefits, qualities and grounds for infractions along with detailed description of all aspects of the Bodhisattva vows ceremonies is given.

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