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.
- Why the conclusion of the four point analysis is explicitly emptiness and implicitly dependent arising
- It’s tempting to think that the collection of non-car parts is the inherently existent car, but how can a collection of things that are non-cars become a car?
- When you analyze, you can’t find the person, but you can’t say the person is non-existent
- Just as the person is not inherently existent, so to the constituents are not inherently existent
- Analyzing the relationship between the person and the aggregates
- If there were an inherently existent person we would be able to find it in one of five ways
- If the self and the aggregates were inherently one and the same, you would have a number of absurd consequences that are untenable
Precious Garland 23: Verses 81-82 (download)