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Chapter 5: Verse 440

Chapter 5: Verse 440

Chapter 5: The practices of the Bodhisattva. What is to be abandoned and what is to be adopted. Part of a series of talks on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King.

  • General overview of the bodhisattva paths and grounds
  • Types of meditative equipoise and subsequent attainment for aryas on the hearer and bodhisattva paths
  • The four sets of excellent qualities developed on the bodhisattva grounds
  • The twelve qualities that increase as an arya progresses through the grounds
  • The ability on each ground to purify different levels of defilements
  • The perfections that is brought to a superior level of excellence on each ground
  • The ripening rebirth that a bodhisattva can take on each ground

Precious Garland 86: Verses 438-439 (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.