Chapter 1: Verses 57-62

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.

  • Learning to be responsible for our own happiness instead of looking at others as the source of our unhappiness and happiness
  • Of the two extreme views, the nihilistic view is more dangerous because it leads to unethical actions
  • Through the middle way view one avoids the two extremes and attains liberation
  • Negating inherent existence doesn’t make one a nihilist and asserting conventional existence doesn’t make one an essentialist
  • The lower Buddhist schools that accuse Nagarjuna of being a nihilist have misunderstood the meaning of the middle way
  • The assertion that things are empty and yet still exist nominally is a unique feature of the Prasangika view
  • Only the Buddha spoke of freedom from the two extreme views
  • Only when you get the middle way view exactly can you attain liberation

Precious Garland 18: Verses 57-62 (download)

18 Nagarjuna's Precious Garland 09-03-15

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