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Three types of generosity

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.

Three types of generosity

  • Generosity of giving the Dharma
  • Generosity of giving protection
  • Generosity of giving material goods
  • The four hindrances to giving material goods

Essence of Refined Gold 39 (download)

Questions and answers

  • When we practice exchanging self and others, could we accentuate the difference between ourself and others?
  • Is making an offering of practice or dedicating a practice giving the Dharma?
  • Are there more kinds of generosity, such as generosity of silence during retreat?

Essence of Refined Gold 39: 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.