Enjoy browsing our selections of teachings from a range of famous Buddhist teachers.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Dealing with Anger
His Holiness the Dalai Lama outlines how anger destroys our ability to see right from wrong.
Watch this 2 min video here.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche on Integral Buddhism
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche was one of the pioneers bringing Tibetan Buddhism to Melbourne in 1980 when he established the Kagyu Evam Buddhist Institute in North Carlton. He also obtained a Masters Degree in Comparative Philosophy from Latrobe University.
In these short (approx 15 mins each) 3 part series on Integral Buddhism he speaks about:
1) How and why we suffer
2) We have a distorted version of events
3) Reality is not objectively established but dependent on the subjective states of the individual
4) The interconnected nature of our thoughts, feelings, emotions and physical being
5) The need to analyse and develop wisdom
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche on Buddhist Truths
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, also known as Khyentse Norbu, (born 1961) is a Bhutanese lama, film maker, and writer.
In this 51 min video he speaks about:
1) How we are only using 1/1000 of our potential
2) Buddhism can be divided into 3 related categories – discipline, meditation and wisdom
3) Contentment is being able to say “I have enough”
4) The importance of humility “I don’t know enough”
5) We are not contemplating enough and when we don’t do this, we become like a robot, a slave where people will press our buttons
Pema Chodron on our habitual negative patterns of thinking and action
Pema Chodron (born 1936) was the first American woman to be fully ordained as a nun. She studied under Lama Chime Rinpoche, Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa (head of the Tibetan Karmu Kagyu lineage), Chogyam Trunpga Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.
A central theme in her teachings is how we get hooked into habitual negative patterns of thinking and action.
Here are 3 short videos (approx 5 mins).
Geshe Thupten Jinpa on Craving, Desire and Addiction
Geshe Thupten Jinpa has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985. He holds a PhD in religious studies from Cambridge University and is a member of the advisory board of the Mind and Life Institute. He is also the author of numerous books on Buddhism.
Here he is talking at the 2013 Mind and Life Institute Dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Western scientists on “Craving, Desire and Addiction”. Geshe Jinpa gives an outline of the specific psychological stages that one goes through and explains the role of mental projection and imagining when we see things we desire.
Go to the Day 2 PM session and start the video at 29.40 mins (Geshe Jinpa shows a diagram) and his presentation goes for 30 mins until the Q & A section.
Click on 2013 “Craving, Desire and Addiction”
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche Crazy Wisdom
Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche was one of the pioneers who brought Tibetan Buddhism to America in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His legacy is extensive with the foundation of Naropa University in Colorado, the first accredited Buddhist university in America, establishing over 100 meditation centres throughout the world and a vast collection of books, audio and video of his teachings.
“Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche” (2011) is a documentary on his life and details the profound impact he had on many people. Some of his famous students are Pema Chodron (Buddhist nun), Allen Ginsberg (American Beat Poet) and Francisco Varela (Chilean Neuroscientist).
View the 5 min trailer to the documentary: