Chapter 1: Verses 76-80

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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 fault of being afraid of emptiness
  • The importance of listening to teachings on emptiness to create positive imprints
  • Four ways that people go astray when they hear about emptiness
    • Uninterested in emptiness
    • Think that emptiness is nonsense
    • Reject emptiness outright thinking it’s nihilistic
    • Misunderstand emptiness thinking there is no existence or nonexistence
  • Conventional and ultimate truths are one nature but different isolates, they are nominally different
  • Saying things are empty of inherent existence only negates one type of existence, not all existence
  • Looking at money and football as examples of fabrication by conception
  • The person and other phenomena don’t have the slightest existence from their own side and are merely posited through the force of nominal conception
  • Emptiness is an ultimate truth but it isn’t ultimately existent

Precious Garland 21: Verses 76-80 (download)

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