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Chapter 2: Verses 109-114

Chapter 2: Verses 109-114

Chapter 2: An interwoven explanation of the causes and effects of higher rebirth and highest good. Part of a series of talks on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King.

  • Teaching the profound meaning of emptiness to those who are unsuitable vessels leads them to reject and criticize the Dharma
  • Using the metaphor of a magician casting a spell to explain how things appear to ordinary persons, aryas in post-meditation time and aryas in meditative equipoise
  • We impute meaning on things and then take them to be real and react emotionally to them
  • Things do not inherently arise and cease
  • When you negate things being truly existent and being totally nonexistent the only other option is existing by designation

Precious Garland 28: Verses 109-114 (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.