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Selected Talks on Buddhism and Meditation by the Karmapa

The Gyalwang Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a guide to millions of buddhists around the world. This podcast is dedicated to bringing you selected teachings and talks on buddhist philosophy, meditation, the environment, happiness and much more. Subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new releases.

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The Four Noble Truths: How to Turn Suffering into Happiness (Podcast Episode #011)

Today’s podcast episode comes from the Gyalwang Karmapa’s first visit to Paris, France, and is a beautiful teaching on the Four Noble Truths. This was the very first teaching that the historical Buddha gave and as such it is essential to Buddhists of all traditions, and practitioners of every level. The Karmapa teaches on all of the Noble Truths and discusses how we can overcome different types of suffering. This episode is two sessions combined into one audio track and thus there is also two question and answer portions where students in the audience ask His Holiness about the refugee crisis in Europe, developing renunciation, and much more. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes. Karmapa speaks in Tibetan with and English translator.

2hr 36mins

13 Oct 2016

Rank #1

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How to Use Emptiness as a Means to Develop Compassion and Freedom (Podcast Episode #010)

Today we are happy to bring you the tenth episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. This special teaching took place in the USA and has Tibetan with an English translation. During this episode, the Gyalwang Karmapa discusses how to meditate on emptiness, and how such meditations can lead to the natural development of compassion. Emptiness opens us up to a new realm of possibility, gratitude, and freedom which can lead to greater compassionate action. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

1hr 34mins

13 Sep 2016

Rank #2

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A Teaching on Using Breathing Meditation to Overcome Dissatisfaction (Podcast Episode #005)

Today is the first day of 2016 and as such we are very happy to present you with a new Podcast episode where His Holiness gives a brief but powerful teaching on breathing (shamatha) meditation. This particular recording comes from a recent trip to Europe where His Holiness began talking about how dissatisfaction often creeps into our lives because we are so focused on outer forms of “happiness” and entertainment. These may seem like they bring happiness but actually just lead to more and more wants. His Holiness then spoke about how breathing meditation can serve to “bring us home” because it is very natural and resting by its nature. The simple act of breathing meditation can help us to realize the mind’s amazing qualities. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

1hr 19mins

1 Jan 2016

Rank #3

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Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on the Nature of Mind and Using Everyday Moments as Meditation (Podcast Episode #004)

Today we bring you the fourth episode in our new podcast series. This very special informal teaching from His Holiness the Karmapa took place at the Root Institute in 2013. The Karmapa received a question early in the session about Buddha Nature and then proceeded to give a short but vibrant talk on how to use everyday moments to meditate on the true nature of mind, sometimes speaking directly to the audience in English! This was a wonderful moment for everyone present, including His Holiness, who has made the trips to the Root Institute somewhat of an annual tradition. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

1hr 4mins

12 Dec 2015

Rank #4

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The Relationship Between Buddhism and Science (Podcast Episode #012)

This week’s podcast episode is a short teaching from the Gyalwang Karmapa on the relationship between Buddhism and science as well as a Q&A session on this and other topics. The recording took place on the Gyalwang Karmapa’s previous visit to Switzerland where he gave teachings, empowerments and was able to visit many Tibetan communities. In it he discusses the importance of Buddhist and scientific investigation, and how these two different but related fields can benefit our own lives and society in general. In the Q&A portion of this episode His Holiness covers topics such as Tonglen meditation, how people from different religions can live in harmonious families, and many more. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes. Karmapa speaks in Tibetan with an English translator.

1hr 43mins

30 Dec 2016

Rank #5

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Gyalwang Karmapa Teaches on the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche (Podcast Episode #009)

Thursday the 14th of July, 2016, is a special day of Padmasambhava – one of the most important masters in history of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as Guru Rinpoche, he is regularly referred to as ‘the second Buddha’ such is his importance to buddhists around the world. According to the Tibetan calendar, today is particularly important as it is the Monkey Year – one that only occurs every 12 years and is strongly associated with Guru Rinpoche. To celebrate this occasion we have created a special two-part podcast episode. First is a recording of the Gyalwang Karmapa chanting the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche. After that we bring you a teaching that His Holiness gave on the importance of the Seven Line Prayer and his own particular experience learning and reciting it. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes. Tibetan with English Translation. Painting of Guru Rinpoche by the Gyalwang Karmapa.

23mins

14 Jul 2016

Rank #6

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Karmapa Discusses Gender Equality and Effective Activism (Podcast Episode #003)

Today we are delighted to bring you the third episode in our new Podcast series. This selected talk comes from the Karmapa’s recent trip to the USA where he was invited to give a talk at the famous Princeton University. The topic was gender equality and His Holiness spoke at length about his own role in this cause, and about how we can all be more effective activists by using patience and compassion. This wonderful lecture is an inspiring reminder about how each individual can make a difference to larger causes. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

1hr 15mins

3 Dec 2015

Rank #7

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How to Cultivate Natural Loving Kindness (Podcast Episode #007)

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in many countries around the world. In order to celebrate this occasion we have a very special teaching that the Karmapa gave in Berlin where he talks about his experiences with his mother and father in Tibet. During this wonderful talk His Holiness describes how his mother’s kindness acted as an extremely important teacher for him growing up, and how this natural loving kindness is actually very important to cultivate as a Buddhist practitioner. He also touches on his decision to give up eating meat and how we can all train our minds by tapping into the compassion and kindness that arises quite naturally when we see sentient beings suffering. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

1hr 41mins

8 May 2016

Rank #8

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How to Use Meditation as a Source of Inner Peace (Podcast Episode #008)

Today’s podcast episode is a special two hour event from the Karmapa’s recent trip to Europe. In this wonderful teaching, the Gyalwang Karmapa discusses how to use meditation to develop inner peace and contentment in a modern, fast-paced world. In the second session (which starts at the 1 hour mark), the Karmapa goes on to discuss his own life experience as a child in Tibet and, after being recognized as the Karmapa, how he himself has used meditation in his own daily activities and life events. The session finishes with a wonderful Question and Answer session where the Karmapa touches on many important topics to do with Buddhist practice and modern life in general. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes. Tibetan with English Translation.

2hr 38mins

29 Jun 2016

Rank #9

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Q&A Session on the Environment, Wisdom and Finding a Teacher (Podcast Episode #006)

Today we are happy to bring you the sixth episode in the new Podcast series containing selected talks and teachings by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. This episode is from the Karmapa’s recent visit to the Root Institute in Bodhgaya. His Holiness has been visiting the center for years to give short teachings, but on this occasion decided to hold a question and answer session instead. Students asked His Holiness questions about practice, definitions of wisdom, and working with a teacher. It was a lovely event where the Karmapa shared some very practical advice with the students present. You can get the podcast here on iTunes or simply download the episode right here. Please make sure you subscribe in iTunes to be notified of new episodes.

1hr 1min

26 Apr 2016

Rank #10