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“Letter to a Friend”: Verses 34-39 review

Teachings on Nagarjuna's "Letter to a Friend" given during the Medicine Buddha Retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2021.

  • The preliminary work for developing concentration
  • Verse 34: The advantages of countering attachment
  • Verse 35: The disadvantages to not having contentment
  • Verse 36 and 37: Nagarjuna’s advice for choosing a wife
  • Verse 38: Giving up attachment to food
  • Verse 39: Giving up attachment to sleep
  • Questions and answers

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.