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“Letter to a Friend”: Verses 19-24 review

“Letter to a Friend”: Verses 19-24 review

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

  • Verses 19 and 20: The perfection of joyous effort
  • Verses 21 and 22: Gaurding the mind from distraction to sense objects
  • Verse 23: The fault of not controlling the senses
  • Verse 24: In prasie of those who control their senses

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.