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 3rd, 2009
Episode 56 of 409 episodes
In his Supplement to the Middle Way Chandrakirti says that having two wings of the two truths, conventional and ultimate truth, the king of swans soars to enlightenment. The awakening mind is the source of what we want. We can turn out minds to it by cultivating the wings of the two truths. His Holiness precedes the granting of the Avalokiteshvara empowerment with the bestowal of the Lay Precepts, the Upasika Vows. He points out that Buddhist vows are given in dependence on taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and that the aspirants mind should be inclined towards liberation. Following the empowerment, he explains the Three Essential Moments a pithy text by the Indian adept Mitra Yogi according to Gendun Gyatso, the 2nd Dalai Lama’s commentary. Chapter 9 of the Guide continues to examine the objections of the Mind Only school to the Middle Way presentation, refutes notions that the path understanding emptiness is of no benefit and establishes that the wisdom of emptiness is the true path to liberation. Shantideva presents reasons to establish the view of emptiness.