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The results of virtue and nonvirtue

Verses 19-25

Part of a series of teachings based on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland: Advice for a King sponsored by Semkye Ling center in Schneverdingen, Germany, April 20 to April 23, 2016. The teachings are in English with German translation.

  • The five lay precepts are trainings we take voluntarily
  • Abandoning nonvirtue to create merit
  • The two kinds of ignorance or confusion
  • Motivation plays the key role in determining the value of our actions
  • From virtue comes happiness, from nonvirtue comes suffering
  • Creating the causes for a good rebirth so we can continue practicing the Dharma
  • The eight worldly concerns demarcate what is a Dharma action and a worldly action
  • The Dharma of the highest good—the methods for attaining liberation and awakening

Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland: Verses 19-25 (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.