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“Letter to a Friend”: Verse 40 review

“Letter to a Friend”: Verse 40 review

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

  • What are your aspirations for spiritual practice?
  • Verse 40: Practicing the four immeasurables as an aid to concentration
  • Seeing the kindness of others to develop love
  • Compassion
  • Joy—rejoicing in the good fortune of others
  • Equanimity and why it’s important for bodhicitta

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.