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Buddhism & Culture Host Kunsang Dolma invites Lamas, Geshes and other experts on Tibetan culture to discuss the ideas of Buddhism and its influence on Tibetan life, culture and society. Kunsang la also discusses and plays excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s talks to audiences around the world. Schedule: Saturdays UTC Time: 0000 Duration: 25 Listen: MP3


December 02, 2013

Three Faults to Avoid While Listening to Buddhist Teachings

Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Lobsang Dawa on the Buddhist concept of “Three Faults. " Geshe Dawa says the Three Faults must avoided while listening to Buddhist teachings. What are the "The Three Faults"? They are as follows: 1. Fault of not paying attention to the teachings, like a pot turned upside down. 2. Fault of not retaining the teachings in one's mind like a pot which is leaking. 3. Fault of having deluded mind like a dirty or poisonous vessels.

November 18, 2013

Role of Spiritual Teachers in Buddhism

Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Lobsang Dawa, teacher at the Buddhist Dialectics School in Dharamsala, on the important role of a spiritual teacher in Buddhism. Geshe-la says if one wants to pursue the study of Buddhism seriously with the eventual aim of achieving the Buddhahood, it is very important to seek guidance of a spiritual teacher who is very well qualified. However, Geshe-la advises that one has to be very careful before making the final choice of a spiritual teacher. The role of a qualified spiritual teacher is very important in guiding you in the right path, Geshe La added.

November 11, 2013

Dalai Lama Urges Nuns to Work for Geshema Degree

Kunsang Dolma compiled excerpts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address to the nun participants of this year's winter debate session ( Jang-Gunchoe). Dalai Lama stresses on the importance of studying Buddhist texts and aiming to become qualified female Geshes ( Geshe-ma) who could teach Buddhism not only in nunneries but in schools and Buddhist centers abroad.

November 04, 2013

Relationship Between Bon Religion and Tibetan Culture

Kunsang Dolma interviewed Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, director of Ligmincha Bon Center, Charlottsville, Virginia, on relationship between Bon religion and Tibetan culture. Geshe Wangyal says that Bon religion is the pre -Buddhist native religion of Tibet, and since then many of the Bon traditions have been incorporated into Tibetan culture. For instance, using prayer flags, doing divination, incense burning, astrology, death and marriage rites have originated from the Bon tradition.

October 28, 2013

Four Nobel Truth

Kunsang Dolma compiled excerpts from the teachings given by the Dalai Lama on the Buddhist doctrine of Four Noble Truths. It is the first sermon given by the Lord Buddha at Sarnath after his enlightenment. The Four Noble Truths are regarded as the central doctrine of the Buddhist tradition, and are said to provide a conceptual framework for all of Buddhist thoughts. These four truths explain the nature of suffering, its causes and the path leading to its cessation. The four noble truths are: 1.The truth of suffering. 2.The truth of the origin of suffering. 3.The truth of the cessation of suffering. 4.The truth of the path leading to the cessation of suffering.

October 14, 2013

Dalai Lama's Upcoming Teachings in New York

Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Thupten Jinpa, principal translator to the Dalai Lama, on the upcoming teachings of the Dalai Lama in New York. The Tibetan spiritual leader is scheduled to visit New York from October 18 to 20, 2013. Geshe Jinpa says that during this upcoming visit, the Dalai Lama will give teachings on the 'Heart Sutra', or in Tibetan Sherab Nyingpo, and also Shantideva’s 9th Chapter of the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of life, in Tibetan Chodjug. The three- day Buddhist teachings in New York is sponsored and organized by the Gere Foundation and Tibet Center, a Buddhist center in New York, founded by Kyongla Rato Rinpoche.

October 07, 2013

Bon Tradition

Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, head of the Ligmincha Bon center based in Charlottsville, Virginia on Bon Tradition. He says Bon is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition including teachings and practices applicable to all aspects of life such as our relation with the elemental qualities of nature, our ethical, and moral behavior. According to the Bon account of its origins, many thousands of years before the birth of the Buddha Shakyamuni, the Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche came to this world and expounded his teaching in the land of Olmo Lunging. Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche is the founder of Bon tradition. Followers of Bon receive oral teachings and transmissions from teachers in a lineage unbroken from ancient times until the present day.

September 30, 2013

Interview with Khenpo Gawang on his newly published book titled 'Your Mind is Your Teacher'

Kunsang Dolma interviewed Khenpo Gawang, a resident Buddhist Teacher in Memphis, Tennessee about his newly released book, "Your Mind is Your Teacher."  Khenpo Gawang says he wrote this book specifically for westerners to provide ways of developing right mental attitude; a calm and peaceful mental attitude can be developed through analytical meditation based on the Buddhist teachings in The four Seals and Heart Sutra.

September 23, 2013

The Significance of the Praise to Buddha prayer in Tibetan Buddhism Part Two

Buddhism and Culture interviews Geshe Lobsang Dawa, author of Buddhism Related Q & A, who says that the Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni is recited at the beginning of teachings, meditations and prayer sessions, and that contemplating its meaning is a powerful means of increasing one’s faith and refuge in Buddha.

September 23, 2013

The Significance of the Praise to Buddha prayer in Tibetan Buddhism Part One

Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Lobsang Dawa, author of Buddhism Related Q & A, who says that the Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni is recited at the beginning of teachings, meditations and prayer sessions, and that contemplating its meaning is a powerful means of increasing one’s faith and refuge in Buddha. Geshe Dawa says that in general, "Buddha" means "Awakened One" - someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are, a being who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Gehse La tells VOA that every living being has the potential to become a Buddha.

September 09, 2013

Buddhism Related Question and Answer Part Two

In this episode of Buddhism and Culture, Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Lobsang Dawa who says that some people believe Buddhism is irrelevant in today’s world since it was founded over 2, 560 years ago. However, he disagrees with this argument and believes people living in this materialistic and competitive world suffer from all sorts of emotional afflictions, such as anxiety, tensions, depressions, anger and so forth, Buddhism can be an antidote to these mental afflictions. Thus, Buddhism is very much relevant and can be beneficial to the modern society.

September 05, 2013

Buddhism Related Question and Answer Part One

In this episode of Buddhism and Culture, Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Lobsang Dawa,  teacher at the Buddhist school of dialectics in Dharamsala, India, on his new book titled ‘Buddhism related questions and answers.' Geshe Dawa talks about the benefits of studying and practicing Buddhism in this day and age. 

August 26, 2013

'Heart Sutra' or 'Sherab Nyingpo' Part Two

This is the second and last part of Kunsang Dolma's interview with Ven. Trulku Lobsang Ngawang on ‘Heart Sutra’ - Buddha's second sermon given at Vulture's peak near Rajgir in the Indian state of Bihar. In this piece, Trulku Ngawang explains the importance of studying and practicing prajnaparamita or Heart Sutra in order to tackle the three aspects of poisonous mind such as attachment, hatred, and ignorance.

August 19, 2013

Heart Sutra ( Sherab Nyingpo)

Interview with Tulku Lobsang Ngawang, a teacher at Gaden Jangtse Monastery in Mundgod, India, on ‘ Heart Sutra,’  Buddha’s second sermon given at the Vulture’s Peak near Rajgir in the Indian state of Bihar. Since ‘Heart Sutra’ is a profound and complex subject, Tulku Lobsang Ngawang gives a more detailed and lucid explanation of the concept of “dependent origination or emptiness' in this episode of Buddhism and Culture.  Recently, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has asked the Tibetans to recite three prayers for the cause of Tibet, and one of the prayers is Sherab Nyingpo.

August 12, 2013

Heart Sutra

Kunsang Dolma interviewed Ven. Tenzin Deshek, head of Birmingham, Alabama, based Losel Maitri Buddhist Center, on ‘Heart Sutra’ - Buddha's second sermon given at Vulture's Peak near Rajgir in the Indian state of Bihar. Ven. Deshek says that in this sermon Buddha has taught the Buddhist concept of ‘dependent origination or emptiness’

August 05, 2013

Seven limbed Practice

In this program Kunsang Dolma has compiled Buddhist teachings of the Dalai Lama on the daily Buddhist practice of “Seven-limb Preliminaries.” The Dalai Lama says the seven limbed practices include prostration, offering, confession, rejoicing, requesting, supplication, and dedication.

July 29, 2013

His Holiness Sakyya Rinpoche Confers Kalachakra in Minnesota

Kunsang Dolma interviewed Lama Pema Wangdak, head of the Sakya Buddhist Center in New York, on His Holiness Sakya Rinpoche's conferment of Kalachakra Initiation in Minnesota. Lama Pema Wangdak says after completing wide range of religious activities in New York, Sakya Daktri Rinpoche, the head of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism, has started conferring Kalachakra Empowerment in Minneapolis. The Kalachakra, meaning “Wheels of Time” is a complex teaching and practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Although the teaching is considered  advanced and difficult to understand, there is a tradition of offering it to large public audiences. Lama Wangdak says more than two thousand local Tibetans and other disciples are attending this particular Kalachakra Empowerment in Minnesota. The teaching is organized by the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota and Sakya Buddhist Center in Minnesota.

July 22, 2013

Eight Verses for Training the Mind, Part Two

This is the continuation of Kunsang Dolma's interview with Khenpo Tsultrim on 'Eight Verses of Training the Mind' by Geshe Langri Thangpa. Khenpo Tsultrim says this is one of the most important text for Mahayana Buddhist practitioners for transforming negative emotions to positive emotions.

July 15, 2013

Eight Verses of Training the Mind, Part One

Kunsang Dolma interviews Khenpo Tsultrim, resident Buddhist teacher at the  Drikhung Kagyue Buddhist Center based in Maryland, on the Buddhist practice of “Eight Verses for Training the Mind.” (Lojong Tsig-gyaema, in Tibetan) It was composed by Kadampa Geshe Langri Thangpa. Khenpo Tsultrim says Geshe Langri Thanpa was born in central Tibet at a place called Langthang. His real name was Dorje Senge, and although Geshe Langri Thangpa was an important figure in the lineage of the Kadampa tradition, his 'Eight Verses for Training the Mind' is highly revered and practiced by all Tibetan Buddhist schools.

July 07, 2013

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Two-day Teaching to Tibetan Youth

Kunsang Dolma compiles a Buddhism program from the teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on June 27, 2013 to the Tibetan youths in India. The teaching took place at the Tibetan Children's Village School located in Dharamsala, India. The Dalai Lama based his teachings on his own composition, 'Opening the Eye of the New Awareness', and said Tibetans have a unique and valuable culture: a culture of love and compassion. This Tibetan culture could be used as a model for building a more compassionate and just world.

July 01, 2013

Sakya Trizen on Overcoming Non-virtuous Acts

In this program, His Holiness Sakya Rinpoche talks about the ten non-virtuous actions. and how to overcome these negative actions. The ten non-viruous actions include killing, lying, stealing, sexual misconduct, and so forth. Sakya Rinpoche says one should follow the ten-virtuous actions to overcome negativities in their life. The teaching was given to the new arrivals from Tibet in Bodh Gaya, India. Sources: CTA Online TV Excerpts are taken from the teaching itself.

June 24, 2013

Gyawang Karmapa Discusses His Newly Released Book

Gyawang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee talks about his latest book, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out. Released in New Delhi on June 18, 2013, the book is the result of a month-long conversation between the Karmapa and a group of American university students who travelled to Dharamsala in 2011. The book explores a worldview and outlook based on the principle of universal interdependence, and urges individuals and communities to adopt a sense of ethical responsibility in caring for the larger society and the planet. The 17th Karmapa also looks at the great challenges confronting the world today, ranging from more just food distribution, gender inequalities and solutions to the scores of conflicts raging around the world.

June 18, 2013

Religious Gathering in New York

Interview of Mr. Namgyal, one of the organizers of a large religious gathering in New York.  Mr. Namgyal says that the New York- based Sakya Tsechen Buddhist Center is in the process of organizing  a large  religious gathering on June 22, 2013 in  New York, where 2,000 people are expected to participate in a mass prayer for the Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause. Sakya Trizen, head of the Sakya Tibetan School of Buddhism, is also expected to give his teaching at the gathering.  Sakya Rinpoche has given public Buddhist teachings to the Tibetan communities in New York within the last few months, and has urged Tibetans to remain united under the guidance of His  Holiness the Dalai Lama.

June 10, 2013

Geshe and Geshema’s Degree

The first ever Tibetan Buddhist Geshema dialectic debate was held from May 20, 2013 to June 3, 2013 at Jamyang Choeling Nunnery in Dharamsala. Over 27 Buddhist nuns from various nunneries around India and Nepal participated in the debate. The nuns are required to undergo three different examinations for three consecutive years to be awarded the Geshema degree. Geshema degree is equivalent to a doctorate degree in Buddhism.  Sources:  Interview with Namda Khentrul, an examiner and one of the candidates.

June 02, 2013

Promoting vegetarianism in Tibetan society Part Two

Geshe Thupten Phelgye on promoting vegetarianism in Tibetan society. Geshe Phelgye says that Buddha strictly instructed his followers not to eat meat of any living beings. “ if you can’t be a pure vegetarian, at least you can stop eating meat on Buddhist festivals or on special occasions to accumulate merits” Geshe Phegye added.

May 27, 2013

Geshe Thupten Phelgye Promotes Vegetarianism in Tibetan Society


May 20, 2013

Dalai Lama on Importance of Studying Buddhism

In this program. Kunsang Dolma compiled from the talks that the Dalai Lama gave in Portland, Oregon and Madison, Wisconsin on the importance of studying Buddhism. He says the study of Buddhism is not just confined to the monk and nun community, the lay community must also use the opportunity to study Buddhism. . The Buddhist texts are not just to be worshiped and left on the altars, but these texts must be used as text books –to study them. His Holiness said, "Whether you believe in Buddhism or not that is up to individual, but studying Buddhism is very important as it is relevant in today's world." Excerpts from Dalai Lama's address.

May 13, 2013

Saka Dawa Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana


May 05, 2013

Dehra Dun based Labrang Tashi Kyi Monks Starts Tour in America


April 29, 2013

Ten Non Virtuous Actions


April 21, 2013

Tibet House in New Delhi


April 08, 2013

Benefit of Bodhichitta

March 31, 2013

Meditation Cures Gangrene Disease (Part Two)


March 25, 2013

Meditation Cure Gangrene Disease

March 18, 2013

Tibet-Bhutan Spiritual Relationship

Jamyang Dorjee, a former director of Tibetan Institute of Performing Art, talks about his recent trip to Bhutan for a pilgrimage. Jamyang Dorjee’s article about his memorable experience in Bhutan was published in several newspapers such as Bhutanese daily Kunsel, and Sikkim Express. He and his wife visited Jampa Lhakhang of Bhutan which was commissioned by Tibet’s great king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The guide at the temple told him that the Tibetan King Sangtsen Gampo had commissioned 108 such Lhakhangs (temples), but only two have survived: one in Bumthang and the other in Paro. He was also told that when Tibet was occupied by China in 1959, the two dragon carvings behind the statue shed tears of blood for many days and one can actually see the traces of the tears to this day.

March 10, 2013

Tibet-Sikkim Relation

Listen to this week's show focusing on spiritual relationship between Tibet and Sikkim. Jamyang Dorjee, a resident in Gangtok and a former director of Tibetan Institute of Performing Art talks about the Dalai Lama’s upcoming visit to Sikkim and the historic relationship between Tibet and Sikkim. He says that according to a legend, Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava blessed the land of Sikkim and introduced Buddhism. Phuntsok Namgyal was the founder of Sikkim’s monarchy: he was enthroned as the first Choegyal ( Dharma Raja) at Yuksom by three venerated lamas who came from Tibet. Since then Tibetans and Sikkimese became very close. The Dalai Lama will confer a long life empowerment to the public and consecrate a newly built Buddha statue during his visit.

March 07, 2013

Dalai Lama Teaching on Interdependent Origination (Part Two)

Listen to the continuation of Dalai Lama's teachings on interdependent origination.

March 03, 2013

Dalai Lama Teaching on Interdependent Origination (Part One)

Listen to the show on Dalai Lama's teachings on interdependent origination.

February 23, 2013

Great Miracles Performed by Buddha Chotrul Festival

Interview with Geshe Tenzin Dorje on the Tibetan Buddhist Festival of Miracles (Tibetan: Chotrul Duechen). Geshe Dorje says that this great prayer festival was started by Je-Tsong-khapa, the founder of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. This prayer festival commemorates the Buddha’s spiritual victory over forces of ignorance, anger and greed by displaying many miracles at Saravasti, India. This festival is observed from the first to fifteenth day of the Tibetan first month. Geshe Tenzin Dorje is the resident Buddhist teacher at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Madison, Wisconsin

February 17, 2013

Jonang Tradition

Interview with Khenpo Ngawang on Jonang Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He says that there are four well known schools of Tibetan Buddhism such as, Nyingma, Kargyu, Sakya and Gelug. There is also a fifth living tradition called Jonang which was founded at a place called Jonang near Shigatse by Kunpang Thukjee Tsondue. Followers of Jonang tradition are mostly in Golog and Ngapa areas of Amdo and Gyarong in Kham. Jonang is well known for holding unique transmissions such as Kalachakra and six- limb Vajrayoga.

February 11, 2013

Dalai Lama introduces Buddhism

A feature based on the Dalai Lama’s introductory teachings on Buddhism given during Monlam Chenmo, Great Prayer Festival at Thegchen Choeling Temple in Dharamsala, India.

February 03, 2013

Guru Yoga

Geshe Ngawang Tinley, a resident Buddhist teacher at Kurukula Buddhist center in Boston, Massachusetts speaks on Guru yoga practice. He says guru yoga means the practice of guru (teacher) devotion or the meditation which serves to please one’s spiritual teacher. Such devotion would help increase a practitioner’s ability and power to reach his or her ultimate goal of enlightenment.

January 28, 2013

12 Links of Interdependent Origination

Interview with Khenpo Tsultrim, a resident Lama of Drikhung Kargyu Center in Maryland on twelve links of dependent origination. Khenpo Tsultrim explains that the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination (Tib: Tendrel Yanlag Chu-nye) was first taught by Shakyamuni Buddha to king Bimbisara of Magadha, an ancient kingdom of India. This wheel explains the cycle of samsaric existence.

January 13, 2013

Changchup Lamrim

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Buddhism & Culture Host Kunsang Dolma invites Lamas, Geshes and other experts on Tibetan culture to discuss the ideas of Buddhism and its influence on Tibetan life, culture and society. Kunsang la also discusses and plays excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s talks to audiences around the world.

  • Schedule: Saturdays
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  • Duration: 25
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