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Chapter 7: The four extremes of arising

29 Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

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

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.