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 26th, 2009
Episode 47 of 409 episodes
Even the teaching of the Buddha upheld at the universities of Nalanda, Takshila and Vikramashila eventually came to an end, which vividly illustrates impermanence. Je Tsongkhapa said ignorance blinds us to reality, karma binds us in cyclic existence. A person of great capacity on the stages of the path to enlightenment is distinguished by the awakening mind of bodhichitta. To generate that, we first need equanimity, just as we need to level the ground to construct a building. Then we need to reflect on every sentient being’s having at some time been our mother, we need to recall their kindness and nurture a wish to repay it by achieving enlightenment for them. This awakening mind of bodhichitta is the supreme of all thoughts, having the potential to transform us and our practice the way an elixir transforms base metal into gold. The Guide explores the advantages of the awakening mind, how to preserve and enhance it, how it nurtures other virtues like generosity, which can range from showing others concern to offering them our bodies to do with as they please