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The seven-point cause-and-effect practice

The seven-point cause-and-effect practice

Part of a series of teachings on Essence of Refined Gold by the Third Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. The text is a commentary on Songs of Experience by Lama Tsongkhapa.

Generating the bodhicitta wish through the seven-point cause-and-effect practice

  • Explanation of the seven point cause and effect practice
  • Meditations to develop love and compassion
  • Discussion of what constitutes real happiness
  • Developing the extraordinary attitude or great resolve

Essence of Refined Gold 33 (download)

Questions and answers

  • How long did it take you to become a nun?
  • Brief explanation of karma
  • What causes sentient beings to experience lower rebirths?

Essence of Refined Gold 33: Q&A (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.