Chapter 1: Verses 25-26

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.

  • Things and persons are empty of a fabricated type of existence that we project on to them, inherent existence
  • We label something and forget we labeled it, give it meaning, but we think that the thing has meaning from it’s own side
  • What are we referring to when we say “me?” What can we point to that is me?
  • The analogy of being born with sunglasses to seeing things as inherently existent
  • The danger of misunderstanding emptiness to mean total nonexistence
  • The uneducated and the wise have two totally different reactions to learning about emptiness
  • Why it’s important to have an understanding of the stages of the path, especially karma and its effects, before delving into the topic of emptiness
  • When emptiness is perceived directly, conventional phenomena don’t appear. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist

Precious Garland 11: Verses 25-26 (download)

11 Nagarjuna's Precious Garland 07-09-15

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