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 1st, 2009
Episode 55 of 409 episodes
Nagarjuna, is widely regarded as a second Buddha. Several years ago, His Holiness met an Indian scientist who told him that reading Nagarjuna’s book Fundamental Wisdom he was proud to note the correspondence between his explanation of dependent arising and contemporary quantum theory. Those of us who follow Nagarjuna need to consider three points as themes of our practice, making effort in the awakening mind of bodhichitta, generating universal compassion wishing that all sentient beings be free from suffering and the wisdom understanding emptiness. Shantideva, author of the Guide, himself a follower of Nagarjuna explains that all happiness arises from cherishing others, and all misfortune comes from self-centrednesss. He portrays the fight with self-centredness as a dramatic struggle between the aspiring bodhisattva self and the old selfish self. His Holiness recalls that traditionally the Bodhisattvaï¿s career takes three countless aeons, making the attempt to achieve Buddhahood in three years seem like ambitious propaganda. His Holiness performs the preliminaries for an empowerment of Avaloliteshvara at the request of some Chinese. The practice derives from the Bhikshuni Palmo, which His Holiness received first from Tagdrag Rinpoche and again from Ling Rinpoche. He remarks that he may have recited