His Holiness talks about how to develop peace in the world. He cites the nuclear arms race and the cold war as a form of peace generated through fear. He offers the alternative, stating that “Genuine peace must come through inner peace,” which comes about through love and compassion, rather than peace brought on through fear of retaliation.
His Holiness the Dalai explains how a realistic approach to problems can bring greater peace of mind.
In a conference in India with religious figures like Dr. Karan Singh, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Rev. Mpho Tutu, His Holiness the Dalai Lama engages in a discussion on promoting and embracing diversity among the different world religions, and finding commonalities within the different traditions.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently gave a series of teachings on Lama Atisha’s classic lamrim text, “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment.” The recordings of the teachings are below Continue reading
A teaching his His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave on the nature of the mind, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its interesting to note that when talking about the nature of mind, he also talks about the experience at the moment of death.
I’m sure common to many people who practice within the Gelug tradition or are familiar with it, there’s a familiarity with the term “lamrim”, the gradual stages to enlightenment teachings. For most practicing within gelug, studying, contemplating, and meditating on this is a lifetime practice. Continue reading
His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about how to move beyond secondary differences we find in each other, and how to move towards, a meaningful, happy life.
Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara is a classic Mahayan text about the conducts of a Bodhisattva. Earlier in September, HH the Dalai Lama gave 3 days of teachings on this text, a continuation of teachings he started last year. Below are recordings of the teachings, which begin with the 5th chapter. Continue reading
In this short clip, HH the Dalai Lama explains how to realistically develop compassion by combining findings of modern science and the human ability to reason
Chokhor Duchen this years falls on July 23. Within the Tibetan tradition, is it a celebration of Buddha Shakyamuni’s first turning of the wheel of Dharma. Traditionally, this day has been used for making pilgrimage, making offerings and doing virtuous practices.
Since Chokhor Duchen is a celebration of the Four Noble Truths, below is a series of teachings that his HH the Dalai Lama gave on this precious subject. Happy Chokhor Duchen everyone!
HH the Dalai Lama talking about the benefits of having a calm mind and the decreasing of mental disturbances.
Western culture seems to have a long tradition in psychology and psychotherapy, so it seems natural that someone would want to eventually compare the western approach to Buddhist psychology. I have friends who work as clinical psychologists and are Buddhists, and they find ways to subtley incorporate their Buddhist training into their work. Though they try to incorporate what they can, sometimes they remark that the western approach at times seems rather limited. Continue reading
At the conclusion of the Monlam Chenmo festival, the His Holiness the Dalai Lama often gives an annual talk on the Jataka tales in Dharamsala. The Jataka tales reveal some of the past lives of the Buddha, and communicate lessons through these stories.
While it may seem hard for many non-Buddhists and even practicing Buddhists to believe these stories, His Holiness begins the talk by saying that the Buddhist teachings must be examined thoroughly by reason and logic, and should not be accepted based on blind faith. He refers to the Buddha as a philosopher, and his philosophy runs very deep with its logical viewpoints and reasoning. He warns however, that even though the philosophy is readily available to many people, very few people actually are able to put it into practice. He considers these gatherings as a chance to put these teachings into practice in order to create inner change.