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Seven-point cause and effect

Seven-point cause and effect

Part of a series of teachings from the Taming the Mind Retreat at Buddhist Fellowship, Singapore, December 7-8, 2013.

  • Guided meditation on seven-point cause and effect method to generate bodhicitta
  • Six causes:
  • Importance of seeing others as lovable, wishing others happiness, free of sufferings
  • Strong desire to get involved to help others directly
  • Conclusion/effect is altruistic intention to become a buddha for benefiting others

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.