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).
May 2nd, 2009
Episode 14 of 409 episodes
His Holiness the Dalai Lama began his Spring teachings today, embarking on a reading of two works by the great Indian scholar and adept Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhisattvacharyavatara) and Compendium of Trainings (Shiksha Samucchaya). The two texts complement each other well, the Guide being Shantideva’s own composition and the Compendium being an assembly of sources for the Bodhisattva’s training in the scriptures. His Holiness began with the Compendium explaining the importance of generating a good motivation, pointing out that human beings’ intelligence allows for the real possibility of change. Turning to the Guide, he began to explain the benefits of the awakening mind, the altruistic aspiration to enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.