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Chapter 4: Verses 339-348

Chapter 4: Verses 339-348

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.

  • Leaders should use resources to benefit followers and create harmony
  • Refuting inherently existent pleasure
  • The difference between physical and mental pleasure
  • Pleasure is just comparatively less pain
  • Pleasure and happiness exist conventionally, not ultimately

Precious Garland 66: Verses 339-348 (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.