The Dalai Lama teaches on three retreat topics in one, several day series of highly enriching topics. Mind, Devotion and the spiritual life. This wonderful and life enriching series covers several topics.
Find Rest in the Nature of Mind. The first is what is the nature of our minds? His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains the Buddhist concept of mind to live participants of a conference.
One of the main perspectives in Buddhism is the principle of "dependent origination." This states that all phenomena, both subjective experiences and external objects, come into existence in dependence upon causes and conditions; nothing comes into existence uncaused. Given this principle, it becomes crucial to understand what causality is and what types of cause there are. In Buddhist literature, two main categories of causation are mentioned: (1) external causes in the form of physical objects and events, and (2) internal causes such as cognitive and mental events.
The reason for an understanding of causality being so important in Buddhist thought and practice is that it relates directly to sentient beings' feelings of pain and pleasure and the other experiences that dominate their lives, which arise not only from internal mechanisms but also from external causes and conditions. It's essential to grasp the internal workings of mental and cognitive causation but also their relationship to the external material world.
The second series of talks is based on Words of My Perfect Teacher. This widely read text is much loved and often studied favorite Tibetan Buddhist as well as student of spiritual living. The Dalai Lama gives explanations as well as commentary from this practical guide to inner transformation. You will find this helpful as His Holiness introduces the fundamental spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
The third series of talks is based on 100,000 Songs of Milarepa, the great yogi and teacher of Tibet. The Dalai Lama eloquently captures the essence of the book, providing readings, commentary and explanations about some of the insights latent in Milarepa's songs. The legend says Milarepa shared 100,000 songs in his lifetime as a way to give teachings to listeners. He never wrote them down, rather they were recorded by followers, then collected in a volume. You will thrill at His Holinesses insights into these legendary songs which rival teachings given by Rumi.
MP3 format on two Cd's with 20 hours of run time.