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“Letter to a Friend”: Verses 25-33 review

“Letter to a Friend”: Verses 25-33 review

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

  • Verse 25: Giving up attachment by recognizing the charachteristics of the object
  • Verse 26: Giving up attachment by seeing how it functions
  • Verses 27 to 29: Giving up the eight worldly concerns
  • Verse 30: Giving up negative actions that result from the eight worldly concerns
  • Verse 31: Why it’s necessary to avoid negative actions
  • Verse 32: The seven stainless arya gems
  • Verse 33: Six pursuits to abandon

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.