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 8th, 2009
Episode 21 of 409 episodes
His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened by saying that the mind has an aptitude for change. This is why it is important that we try to take advantage of our opportunity and work to transform our minds. Everyone experiences a wish for happiness and dislikes being unhappy. Unhappiness results from having an undisciplined mind, but the mere presence of knowledge does not rectify this. Our distorted view of reality is countered by thinking about aspects of wisdom, such as impermanence, the nature of suffering, selflessness, and the peace that is liberation. Our lack of warm-heartedness is countered by positive emotions such as love and compassion. Disturbing emotions are the source of our problems and they arise because of ignorance. We need wisdom, an understanding of reality to counter ignorance. As a basis for wisdom, we need concentration and the foundation of that is discipline. His Holiness commented that the Compendium’s approach to ethical discipline is more from a protective point of view, whereas in the Guide the focus is more on personal improvement. Alertness or awareness is the key to making progress in this.