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Chapter 5: Verses 441-446

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.

  • Review of the four sets of excellent qualities developed on the bodhisattva path, and the types of meditative equipoise and subsequent attainment
  • The benefits and attainments of the first bodhisattva ground, “the joyous”
  • The benefits and attainments of the second bodhisattva ground, “the stainless”
  • The benefits and attainments of the third bodhisattva ground, “the luminous”

Precious Garland 87: Verses 441-446 (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.