Private: The Law of Cause and Effect


Philosophy course:

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. MST,
January 26th to March 9th, 2021 (seven weeks)


Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe, Spiritual Director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society. Please visit to learn more about our Spiritual Director.

Series Description — Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand is a transcript of an oral discourse on the Lam Rim, (stages of the path to enlightenment) given by Pabongka Rinpoche, one of the most influential Gelug lamas of the 20th century. In his 24-day discourse, Pabongka provides a detailed commentary on Tsong Khapa’s masterwork, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. He brilliantly illuminates these core teachings that trace back to Shakyamuni Buddha from an unbroken lineage. For that reason, this text is considered one of the 18 great Jangchub Lam Rim texts of the Gelug lineage. Our Society follows the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Course Description: The Law of Cause and Effect

Tsong Khapa taught, “karma is the root to all health and happiness.” Once we understand karma, the law of cause and effect, and how it relates to the Four Noble Truths, this knowledge can be used to our benefit on the path to enlightenment.

Kushok will continue his teachings on karma starting with the topic Thinking About Some of the Specifics of Cause and Effect (214), page 397, in Liberation in the Palm of your Hand. There are three main sections under this topic: (1) thinking about the black side of cause and effect; (2) thinking about the white side of cause and effect; and (3) teaching about the doors that unintentionally lead to powerful karma. The topic of karma is extensive and will likely need more than seven weeks to complete.

Course Material

A syllabus will be provided outlining our best-guess of weekly topics and readings. Students are asked to prepare for each class by completing suggested readings and to bring their texts and questions on the material to class. Please note that the syllabus may be subject to change, as the Teacher will always accommodate the needs of the students at the time.

Course Text

The 2006 edition of Liberation in the Palm of your Hand — A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment, by Pabongka Rinpoche and edited by Trijang Rinpoche, is the required text. The text can be purchased online through the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and Amazon. All other reading and practice materials will be provided.

Course Prerequisites

While it would be optimal for registrants of this course to have taken the six previous courses in the series, it is not a requirement.

Target Audience

Anyone with an interest in studying the Lam Rim (stages of the path to enlightenment), or Tibetan Buddhist practices and philosophies, is welcome.


Currently the course will only be offered virtually until such time as we are able to safely open the centre for regular classes. It is our intention, even once we are able to open the centre, to continue offering zoom classes as an option to those who are unable to attend in person.

Course Dates
Tuesdays, January 26th to March 9th, 2021

Registration Deadline

To ensure you receive the Zoom link prior to the first class, please register by January 24, 2020. The retreat link will be emailed prior to the class.

Course Fees
We are offering this seven-week course by donation. Donations can be made at the Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Mediation Society’s Canada Helps page:

As a not-for-profit society, we greatly appreciate your donation. It will be used to sustain our society and support our Spiritual Director, so that we may continue to offer quality programming. We thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

If you require assistance, please contact the office at [email protected]

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