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The nature of pleasure and pain

The nature of pleasure and pain

Part of a series of talks based on the book Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness, a commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King. The weekend retreat was sponsored by the Jewel Heart Centrum Nijmegen in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

  • Commentary on verses 339 to 347
  • The relationship between leaders and the populace
  • Leading in accord with the Dharma and abandoning nonvirtue
  • The mindfulness of observing our feelings and our response to them
  • Pleasure is actually a lessening of pain
  • Mental pleasure is conceptually created
  • How our mind influences the experience of pleasure and pain

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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.