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Chapter 1: Verses 14-19

Chapter 1: Verses 14-19

Chapter 1 addresses what to abandon and what to practice to attain upper rebirth and highest good. Part of a series of talks on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King.

  • The three kinds of karmic results: fruitional, causally concordant and environmental
  • The causally concordant results experienced for each of the nonvirtues
  • Two ways to reflect on the results of actions to change our behavior
  • The causally concordant results of the three mental pathways of nonvirtue and using intoxicants
  • Why the causally concordant result of having similar actions, habit, is the most deadly of all results
  • The environmental results of the nonvirtues
  • The relationship between the strength of the action and the fruitional result, the realm of rebirth
  • The results of virtuous karma

Precious Garland 05: Verses 14-19 (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.