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 practice of restraining from the 10 nonvirtues and practicing the 10 virtues is the basis of upper rebirth and highest goodness
- Karma is cause and result, it’s not about reward and punishment or judgement.
- Karma was not invented by the Buddha, he merely described it
- Karmic causality means there is an ethical dimension to actions
- The four general characteristics of karma:
- karma is definite
- karma is expandable
- karma is not lost
- if the cause is not created the results are not experienced
Precious Garland 06: Review characteristics of karma (download)