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Chapter 4: Verses 364-369

Chapter 4: Verses 364-369

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.

  • The mind that realizes emptiness is a conventional truth
  • Practitioners of the individual and universal vehicle both realize subtle emptiness
  • The difference between the fundamental vehicle and the universal vehicle
  • Evolving theories on the history of the Mahayana scriptures
  • The Bodhisattva path in the Pali and Sanskrit traditions
  • Three faults that lead to deriding the universal vehicle

Precious Garland 69: Verses 364-369 (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.