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Chapter 4: Verses 382-391

Chapter 4: Verses 382-391

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 fundamental and universal vehicles are both the teachings of the Buddha
  • The causes for the form body are inconceivable, the result is inconceivable as well
  • How the teachings in the two vehicles come to the same point on emptiness
  • Teachings that are not understood should not be rejected, keep an equanimous mind
  • The bodhisattva practices are explained in the fundamental vehicle in a brief way

Precious Garland 70: Verses 382-391 (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.