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Chapter 1: Verses 20-24

Chapter 1: Verses 20-24

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.

  • Why the karmic result of the habit, the tendency to do the action again, is said to be the worse result
  • Summing up how to practice to attain higher rebirth.
    • The quintessential thing to remember is don’t engage in nonvirtue, engage in virtue
  • Summarizing the causal relationship between abandoning the 13 destructive actions and engaging in the three actions to be practiced
  • The respective results of abandoning nonvirtue, practicing virtue, and the meditative absorptions
  • We have to start working with the gross attachments to the body before working on the subtle attachments to the body. How to begin doing that

Precious Garland 10: Verses 20-24 (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.