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 30th, 2009
Episode 53 of 409 episodes
The Kadampa masters used to say that if you have contentment you are truly rich. If you are actually wealthy, but remain dissatisfied, you cannot really be described as rich at all. To counter the grasping that is the source of our problems we need to understand how things lack any intrinsic existence and generate the mind that cherishes others, which is the panacea for all our troubles. In all situations it is important to assess what needs to be done and whether or not you can do it. If you feel you cannot accomplish a task, don’t begin, but if you feel you can, once you begin, don’t give up. His Holiness says that in the late 60s he felt that realising emptiness and achieving the liberation of nirvana was within reach and would be like a long holiday, but when he thought about generating the awakening mind of bodhichitta, he realised that while it wasn’t unattainable, it would take very long and applied effort. This is why Shantideva counsels us to detach ourselves from the childish and immature, who will only distract us from our course. Generating compassion and the awakening mind brings with it many advantages such as fearlessness and inner strength. Scientists have shown that when we generate compassion, we activate the left lobe of the brain, which is good for our physical health, whereas anger activates the right lobe, which is physically harmful to us and weakens our immune system.