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“Letter to a Friend”: Verses 1-8 review

“Letter to a Friend”: Verses 1-8 review

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

  • Overview of Nagarjuna’s text
  • Prologue
  • Verse 1: Commitment to compose the text
  • Verse 2 and 3: Preparing the mind for the teachings
  • Verse 4: The six objects that act as a support of our faith
  • Verse 5: The ten virtues and ten nonvirtues
  • Verse 6: Generosity
  • Verse 7: Ethical onduct
  • Verse 8: Brief introduction to the six perfections

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.