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Chapter 2: Verses 115-126

Chapter 2: Verses 115-126

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.

  • More on the topic of why the Buddha didn’t answer certain questions about is there and end or no end to the world and self
  • The Dharma on the highest good, the teaching on emptiness, is very difficult for people who are unsuitable vessels
  • When emptiness is taught to those who are inappropriate vessels they will develop nihilistic views or misunderstand it and teach it to others thinking they understand it
  • We need to exert ourselves to create the causes for an uninterrupted series of upper rebirths to practice the Dharma and realize emptiness to become awakened
  • We create the causes for upper rebirth when we undertake actions with a Dharma motivation in the beginning, middle, and end

Precious Garland 29: Verses 115-126 (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.