Chapter 1 addresses what to abandon and what to practice to attain upper rebirth and highest good. Part of a series of talks on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King.
- The 16 factors needed to practice to attain upper rebirth
- Ceasing three other nonvirtues: not taking intoxicants, maintaining a proper livelihood and ceasing harming others
- Three practices to engage in to attain upper rebirth: being respectfully generous, honoring the worthy and practicing the four immeasurables
- The specific benefit of practicing the 16 factors for upper rebirth
- Engaging in imperfect paths harms our self and others. Practicing such things as physical austerities does not lead to the Dharma
- The disadvantages of engaging in wrong paths. If we want to take the essence of our precious human life, we need to seek an unmistaken path
Precious Garland 04: Verses 10-13 (download)