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Chapter 1: Verses 33-36

Chapter 1: Verses 33-36

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.

  • Review of the four point analysis to meditate on the selflessness of persons, the lack of inherent existence of the self
  • The sequence in which the self-grasping of persons and phenomena arise
  • The order in which selflessness of persons and phenomena are realized
  • Why the selflessness of persons is realized first
  • The difference between the Prasangika Madhayamika and the lower schools on the cause of liberation
  • The acquired and the innate levels of self-grasping
  • The twelve links of dependent arising can be grouped into three phases
  • How the twelve links bind us to samasara

Precious Garland 13: Verses 33-36 (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.