Sunday 2014/12/21

Radio / Buddhism & Culture

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



November 29, 2014

Dalai Lama’s Explanation on Difference Between Theistic and Nontheistic Religions

His Holiness says, there are several major religions in the world which can be divided into two categories – theistic and nontheistic. Theistic religions such as Islam and Christianity believe in the concept of ‘a creator’ while as nontheistic religion, such as, Buddhism and Jainism does not believe in the concept of ‘a creator’. They rather be believe in the principle of ‘Law of causality’

November 18, 2014

Dalai Lama Addresses Over 5, 000 Tibetans in New York

This program is compilation of excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s talk on November 5, 2014 to about 5, 000 Tibetans gathered in New York. In this segment, His Holiness the Dalai Lama counsels Tibetans inside and outside to abstain from gambling, excessive drinking, and smoking as they are bad for health. His Holiness also urged monks and nuns not to indulge in activities that violate the monks’ code of conduct and vows.

November 04, 2014

An Ordinary Lady – With Extraordinary Spiritual Development

Kunsang Dolma interviewed Ngalo Rinpoche, Director of ‘Palmo Center for Peace and Education’ at Eugene, Oregon, on his mother who stayed in meditative state for ten days after passing away recently. Ngalo Rinpoche says, it is very common among the Tibetan spiritual practitioners to stay in meditative state even after they are declared clinically dead. However, this kind of spiritual achievement is very rare among the lay people.

October 20, 2014

Sukhvati Sadhana or Dechen Shingdrup Part Two

Khenpo Karten explains the benefits of Sukhvati Sadhana through development of the profound Four Causes, which are: Keeping the paradise or the image of Buddha Amitabha in mind; accumulating virtue without limit; generating the mind of awakening, or Bodhicitta; and dedication of the accumulated merits.

October 15, 2014

Sukhvati Sadhana or Dechen Shingdrub Part 1

Interview with Khenpo Karten, a resident teacher of Manjushri Buddhist Center at Carmel, California on the upcoming seventh annual teaching of ‘Sukhvati Sadhana’ ( Dechen Shingdrub) for the Tibetan community in Portland. Sukhvati Sadhana practice is a devotional prayer to Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless light. The Meditation and Recitation of Amitabha is called "Embracing the Pure Land of Sukhavati.

September 30, 2014

Karma; Law of Causality, Samsara; Suffering within Cycle of Existence

This is the last segment of Khenpo Tsultrim-la’ s explanation on ‘Four basic Preliminary Practice’ in Buddhism. Here he says, ‘Karma’ is a Sanskrit words which means action, work or deed; it also refers to the principle of causality. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

September 22, 2014

Preciousness of Human life, Impermanence and Karma

This is a continuation of Khenpo Tsultrim’s explanation on the meaning of Preciousness of Human Life, Impermanence, and Karma in Buddhist philosophy. He says, since it is very rare to be born in the human form, one must utilize precious human life for the benefit of others. He further adds that life is uncertain and it changes momentarily. As such, one must not lose hope when faced with a bad situation, for there might be a brighter tomorrow.

September 15, 2014

Four Basic Preliminary Practice in Buddhism Part One

Khenpo Tsultrim, a resident teacher at Drikhung Kargyue Buddhist Center in Maryland, introduces four basic preliminary practices of Buddhism that inspires a disciple’s mind towards Dharma. These are - the precious human birth, impermanence, law of causality (Karma) and cyclic existence (samsara). In this segment, he explains how precious human birth is and how important it is to utilize it in a meaningful way.

September 08, 2014

Decline and Revival of Buddhism in Tibet

Khenpo Tsultrim, resident teacher at the Drikhung Kargyue Buddhist Center in Maryland, explains that Buddhism came to Tibet when Tibetan Emperor Trisong Detsen invited Guru Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita from India to Tibet, who helped to establish the teachings of the Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism firmly in Tibet. After the period of king Langdarma's severe repression on Buddhism, Atisha Depankara firmly established Buddhism again in Tibet.

September 01, 2014

Main Factor that Led to the Decline of Buddhism in India

Khenpo Tsultrim, resident teacher at Drikhung Kagyue Buddhist Center in Maryland, explains that the main cause of Buddhism’s decline in India was due to Muslim invaders who came from central Asia to India and destroyed famous learning centers such as Nalanda and Vikramasila universities. But in recent times Buddhism has seen a revival in India due to the influence of Dharmapala, Dr. Abedkhar and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

August 25, 2014

Science Workshop for Monks and Nuns

Kunsang Dolma interviews Mr. Dhondup Dorjee-la, Secretary, Department of Religion & Culture of the CTA, on science workshop for Monks and Nuns being held at Palpung Sherabling Monastery, Bir, India. Mr. Dorjee says, the Department of Religion and Culture in collaboration with Library of Tibetan Works and Archives has organized the two-week workshop for 25 participants, which include 19 monks and 6 nuns from 23 different monastic institutions.

August 20, 2014

Meaning of Meditation in Buddhism

Geshe Lobsang Dawa, teacher at the Buddhist School of Dialectics Dharamsala, explains the real meaning of Meditation in Buddhism. He says, Tibetan word for meditation is "Gom" which can be translated as familiarizing or habituating. In short it means to familiarize with a positive state of mind. Geshe-la also says that meditation is not just closing eyes and relaxing, rather it is trying to develop a highly concentrated and clear state of mind

August 19, 2014

Tibet Mongol Relation Part Two

This is the second part interview with Telo Rinpoche on Tibet-Mongol relations. Rinpoche says that after the collapse of Soviet Union in 1992, he joined the Dalai Lama on his first visit to Kalmykia, a region once rich in Buddhist heritage destroyed in the 1930s by the communist. Under the Dalai Lama's guidance, Rinpoche took the responsibility of leading a Buddhist revival within the approximately 160,000 Kalmyks who live in Kalmykia.​

August 04, 2014

Tibet Mongol Relation Part One

This is the first of Kunsang Dolma’s two-part interview with Telo Rinpoche, head lama of the Republic of Kalymekia, on Tibet-Mongol relations. Telo Rinpoche tells Buddhism and Culture that the  Mongol-Tibet relation had begun during Gengkhiz Khan’s era when his grandson Kublai Khan became the disciple of Tibet’s Drogon Chogyal Phagpa. Drogon Chogyal Phagpa was one of the founders of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Thereafter the birth of the 4th Dalai Lama, Gyawa Yonten Gyatso, in Mongolia further strengthened the relations between the two countries.

June 23, 2014

Dalai Lama: Essence of Buddhism

Kunsang Dolma compiles excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s teachings at Varanasi in 2009. In this segment, he introduces ‘ Four Noble Truths’ and the four misapprehensions; or the four wrong thoughts: to apprehend what is impure as pure, to apprehend what is selfless as having a self or I, to apprehend what is miserable as happiness, and to apprehend what is impermanent as permanent.

June 09, 2014

Saka Dawa

Since ‘Saka Dawa’ or the current fourth month according to Tibetan lunar calendar is considered very holy by Tibetan Buddhists, Kunsang Dolma interviewed Khenpo Gawang, resident teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, on the significance of Saka Dawa. Khenpo Gawang says Saka Dawa is very important for Tibetan Buddhists because three very important events fall on the 15th day of this month: Lord Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment, and death. Therefore, Buddhist consider this month as a whole and in particular the 15th as the holiest day. Hence practitioners try to accumulate more merits by offering donations to the poor and needy, and abstaining from nonvirtuous activities.

June 02, 2014

Sojong or Precepts

Kunsang Dolma interviews Khenpo Tsultrim, a resident teacher of Drikhung Kagyue Buddhist Center in Maryland on ‘Sojong’ or Precepts. He says, occasionally, lay Buddhist may take the opportunity to observe the eight precepts as a means of developing higher virtues and self control. Ofcourse, these can be practiced as often as one wishes, but mostly people do it on special occasions such as Buddha Purnima or Saka Dawa. He further says that one can also observe the five precepts through-out ones life. Five of these precepts are as follows: To abstain from killings, to abstain from stealing, to abstain from falsehood and to abstain from alcoholic drinks. If you follow the eight precepts then you have to obey the above five mentioned precepts and then add another three more precepts such as not to eat food between noon and the following dawn, Not to sing, dance or watch entertainment, and not to use ornaments, cosmetics or perfumes, finally not to sit or lie on a high seat or bed.

May 26, 2014

Yoga Exercise Part Two

This is the final part of Kunsang Dolma’s interview with Ven. Sonam Dhondub, a yoga master who lives in Gurgaon city in the Indian State of Haryana. In this segment, he talks about the benefits of doing yoga in our daily lives as it helps us to lose weight, make our body strong and flexible, relieve stress, improve immunity, etc.

May 26, 2014

Benefits of Yoga

Kunsang Dolma interviews the Venerable Sonam Dhondub, a yoga master who lives in Gurgaon city in the Indian State of Haryana, who learned yoga and breathing exercises for two years at the Bharat Yoga Santana in New Delhi. He teaches yoga at the local parks and private homes. He says breath is a crucial element in ones Yoga practice. Breathing brings forth abundant benefits spanning the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the Yoga practice. As one develops an understanding and respect of the Yoga poses (asanas), one should also embrace the time and energy to master the breath. There are five yoga breathing techniques. The first one is Kapalbhati in which one has to sit cross-legged with one’s body straight, elongated spine, neck and chin up; then close your eyes and place hands on your knees in a comfortable position. Breathe in deeply and exhale through your nose. When you sniff out the air, you’ll feel your abdomen pulling inwards. Slowly increase the pace and continue this pose for 5-10 minutes at a stretch. This breathing technique will help lose weight, says the Ven. Sonam Dhondup

May 12, 2014

The Words of Truth Part Three

This is the third and the final part of Geshe Lobsang Dawa’s explanation of the “Words of Truth,” a prayer composed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on September 29, 1960. In this section of the prayer, Geshe La says His Holiness prays for those Tibetans specially who have sacrificed their precious lives for the Tibetan cause.

May 05, 2014

Words of Truth Part –Two

This is the second part of Geshe Lobsang Dawa’s explanation of ‘Words of Truth’, a prayer composed by the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1960. In the first part of the prayer, the Dalai Lama prays for the people of the world as a whole. In the second part, His Holiness prays particularly for the people of the Land of Snow - Tibetans.

April 28, 2014

‘Words of Truth’ prayer Part -One

Part one of Kunsang Dolma’s interview with Geshe Lobsang Dawa from the Buddhist School of Dialectics, Dharamsala, the segment discusses the meaning of ‘The Prayer for the Words of  Truth‘ composed in 1960 by His Holiness  the fourteenth  Dalai Lama. Geshe la explains that the prayer is mainly used for restoring peace, the Buddhist teachings, and the culture and self-determination of the Tibetan people in their homeland.

April 21, 2014

Dalai Lama Stresses Religious Harmony During Medicinal Buddha Empowerment, Part T

This is the final part of Dalai Lama’s recent talk given to a several thousand followers during the Medicinal Buddha Empowerment in Dharamsala, North India. His Holiness talks about his second commitment: promoting religious harmony around the world. He says that all major religious traditions teach the same message such as love, compassion, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline, and so forth. Unlike other religious traditions, according to Buddhist philosophical point of view, everything is interconnected or interrelated; there is no absolute or independent phenomena which is known as dependent origination. This concept is very much relevant in today’s world. Therefore, Tibetans should be proud of their vast and profound knowledge of Buddhist tradition which is written in Tibetan language, and should study them, says the Dalai Lama.

April 14, 2014

Dalai Lama’s Public Address During Medicinal Buddha Empowerment, Part Two

This is the second part of the Dalai Lama’s address to the public during the Medicinal Buddha Empowerment in Dharamsala, North India. His Holiness said that the modern education system in the world put more emphasis on material values than inner values. Therefore, along with modern education, there needs to be an educational system that teaches inner values, such as love and compassion, right from kindergarten to university level. This educational system must be based on secular ethics and not on religion. His Holiness also says some schools in America and Europe have already introduced in their curriculum, practicing love and compassion and that the results have been very positive.

April 07, 2014

Dalai Lama's Address During Medicine Buddha Initiation

This is the first part of Kunsang Dolma's compilation of the Dalai Lama's talks to several thousand followers during the Medicine Buddha Initiation, requested by the Tibetan Doctors Association. His Holiness talked about the opportunity he received since his early age to travel the world and meet with people from all walks of life. He said people in general looked for material development, expecting that to bring happiness. People, however gradually come to the realization that material development alone is not enough to achieve and sustain a happy life. Modern day scientists agree with the statement, and have also said that peace of mind is correlated with physical wellbeing. Inner development should therefore, be regarded as equally important as material development.

March 31, 2014

Tendrel Toepa

This is the final part of Kunsang Dolma's compilation of the Dalai Lama's special teaching on Tibetan New Year day in Minnesota this year. His Holiness gave teachings on 'Tendrel Toepa,' Je Tsongkhapa's praise to the Buddha for his teachings on 'Dependent Origination'. His Holiness says that the concept of dependent origination can be used in the fields of modern day economy, business, education, and environment.

March 24, 2014

Great Prayer Festival (Chotrul Dhuechen), Part Two

This is the final part of Kunsang Dolma’s interview with Gelek Rinpoche on the “Great Prayer Festival,” Chotrul Dhuechen in Tibetan. Gelek Rinpoche explains how Tibetans in Tibet commemorated The Great Prayer Festival before the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Chotrul Dhuechen, means “ Great Day of Miraculous Manifestations.” It is one of the four great holy days observed by Tibetan Buddhist which always falls on the fifteenth day of the first lunar Month in the Tibetan Calendar.

March 17, 2014

Buddhism and Tibetan Culture: Great Prayer Festival ( Choetrul Dhuechen)

Kunsang Dolma interviewes Gelek Rinpoche, Director of Jewel Heart Buddhist Center in Michigan, on the Great Prayer Festival ( Choetrul Dhuechen). This festival is commemorated every year on the 15th day of the Tibetan lunar month. Gelek Rinpche says on this day the Buddha Shakyamuni defeated non-Buddhist teachers in the contests of performing miracles and the event is celebrated as the Great Prayer Festival in Tibet. In Tibet this prayer festival was originally instituted by Je Tsongkhapa, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar, in 1409. Since then every year this Great Prayer Festival was observed in Tibet until the Chinese invasion. However, Gelek Rinpoche says this Great Prayer Festival is being commemorated in the exile Tibetan community since 1959.

March 10, 2014

Buddhism and Tibetan Culture: Dalai lama’s Special Teaching in Minnesota on Tibetan New Year

This is the first part of Kunsang Dolma’s compilation of the Dalai Lama’s special teaching on Tibetan New Year’s Day in Minnesota. His Holiness gave teaching on generating the awakening mind of bodhichita ( Semkye) as his New Year’s gift to the people. In his teaching His Holiness advises devotees that merely reciting verse of taking refuge in the Triple Gem and generating the awakening mind of bodhichita are not enough. Instead they must understand the meaning of it and then practice it seriously.

March 03, 2014

Tibetan New Year’s Greetings from Heads of Tibetan Schools of Buddhism

Kunsang Dolma compiles Tibetan New Year (Losar) messages given by heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions to VOA Tibetan language radio listeners both inside as well as outside of Tibet. The messages are from: Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism; Sakya Dagtri Rinpoche, head of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism; Gaden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche, head of the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism; Gyawang Drukpa Rinpoche, head of Drukpa Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism; and Drikhung Chetsang Rinpoche, head of Drigung Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

February 17, 2014

Dalai Lama Addresses at Sera Monastery during Lamrim Teaching

Kunsang Dolma compiles excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s address on the first day of Lamrim teachings given this year at Sera Monastery based in the south Indian Tibetan Settlement of Bylakuppe. The Dalai Lama says, self-cherishing attitude is the main cause of mental indiscipline and negative emotions. Therefore , in order to combat or tame self-cherishing attitude, we need to practice Bodhichitta - meaning we must learn to think of others interests and well-being rather than clinging to self interest only. Bodhichitta is a practice to counter self-cherishing attitude, he further added.

February 10, 2014

Buddhism and Tibetan Culture: 25th Annual Nyingma Prayers

Kunsang Dolma interviews Khenpo Choewang, one of the organizing committee members on 2014 Annual Nyingma prayers at Bodh Gaya. Khenpo Choewang says that the Great Nyingma Prayer was first started in 1989 by the Venerable Tarthang Trulku Rinpoche, who lives in America. Since then every year Nyingma Monlam Chenmo has been held at Bodhgaya during the first ten days of the twelfth month of the Tibetan Calendar. The 10th day is observed as Guru Padmasambhava’s day and Tsog or (Symbolic Meal) is offered with devotion to Guru Rinpoche. The principal goal of this great prayer gathering is world peace, Khenpo Choewang added.

February 03, 2014

Buddhism and Culture: ‘Jangchup Lamrim Chenmo’

Kunsang Dolma interviews Geshe Lobsang Dawa, teacher at Buddhist Dialectic Institute in Dharamsala, on ‘Jangchup Lamrim Chenmo’, Stages of the Path to the Enlightenment, teaching given by the Dalai Lama in South India in the beginning of this year. Geshe Dawa la says that this teaching was a continuation of the Dalai Lama’s previous Lamrim Teaching given last year in Mundgod, Tibetan Settlement in South India. Geshe La says that among the Lamrim texts that the Dalai Lama based his teachings this year was: the 5th Dalai Lama’s "Sacred Words of Manjusheri" and the third Dalai Lama’s “Essence of Refined Gold."


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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


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