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Chapter 4: Verses 349-355

Chapter 4: Verses 349-355

Chapter 4: Royal Policy: Instructions on the Practices of a Monarch. Nagarjuna gives practical advice for leaders that is also applicable to individual practitioners. Part of a series of talks on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King.

  • Refuting mental pleasure as being inherently existent
  • Refuting a creator god as the creator of objects of pleasure
  • Refuting inherently existent physical pleasure
  • The dependent nature of sense objects, sense faculties, and sense consciousnesses

Precious Garland 67: Verses 349-355 (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.