The Assembly Dharmas are transcripts of talks on the essential meaning of dharma given by Gampopa to his assembled students. These transcripts were carefully made by Gampopa’s nephew. Each assembly talk in this set is about 30 minutes long and presents a concise and accessible teaching on a complete path of dharma practice. Hearing these transcripts read and commented on my Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso conveys a genuine sense of what it must have been like to attend these teachings back in the twelfth century. The intimacy and the casual yet direct style of Gampopa’s teaching comes through clearly. Five talks on one MP3 CD. These recordings are recorded in a "Mainly English" format.
- “Mainly English” Audio Recordings (CDs and MP3CDs)
- Because Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche often speaks for long periods of time in Tibetan when he teaches, his long monologues have been curtailed on this MP3 CD recording (audio) to preserve the continuity of the teaching and make listening easier. Thus the voice heard for the majority of the time is that of the translator. DVD video recordings include all of the Tibetan.
MP3CDs look like ordinary CDs, but contain compressed audio files. While a regular audio CD holds a maximum of only 80 minutes of recorded audio, an identical-looking MP3CD can easily hold the audio files from an entire weekend or even week-long teaching. MP3CDs can be played in a computer and/or the audio files can be downloaded into an iPod or similar device. MP3CDs may also be played on a portable MP3CD player. Most ordinary CD players, such as the CD player in most older cars (roughly 2005 and earlier), will not play MP3CDs. Many but not all cars 2006 or later do have MP3-capable CD players. Any car or home stereo CD player that is capable of playing an MP3CD will have “MP3” or “MP3-WMA” clearly marked on the front of it.
- The MP3CDs available for sale on this web site are all clearly labeled and packaged in a clear case. The audio files on them have proper ID3 tag information, which means that on a computer, iPod or similar device the audio files will display (and can be searched by) Album (Title of teaching), Song (Talk number within a teaching) and Artist (Teacher).