Chapter 7: The four extremes of arising

29 Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

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Part of a series of two-week courses given at Sravasti Abbey based on the book Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • The four extremes of arising
  • Some principles of causality
    • Anything that functions is produced by a cause
    • The cause has to be concordant with the result
    • When the result arises, the cause must have ceased
    • Cause cannot be permanent, must be impermanent
    • Duhkha is not predestined
    • Duhkha doesn’t happen haphazardly
    • Understanding this helps us to establish conventional existence and causal dependence after realizing emptiness
  • The object of negation may be different, but the reasonings used to refute all the objects of negation are the same
29 Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions Chapter 7: The Four Extremes of Arising 11-12-16

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