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 29th, 2009
Episode 51 of 409 episodes
The essence of Buddhist practice is to pacify and tame the mind. There are many remedies and antidotes to specific disturbing emotions, but what we really need is a realisation of the wisdom that counters the subtle misconception of self. This needs to be supported by a sense of renunciation and the awakening mind of bodhichitta. When it comes to anger, it is better to put a stop to it before it becomes fully blown. On the other hand not giving in to anger does not mean that we need to let ourselves be meekly walked over. Patience is the most powerful remedy to anger. Paradoxically we can only really develop it in the face of others’ hostility or aggression, which is why we should acknowledge the kindness of enemies. To the challenge that we need not appreciate this because the enemy has no intention to benefit us, Shantideva responds that the Dharma has no intention to help us either, and yet it does, and we revere it accordingly. His Holiness points out that chapters 6 & 8 of the Guide, Patience and Meditation present the essential practice of Bodhisattvas.