A correct understanding of emptiness leads to developing wisdom, while misunderstanding emptiness leads to a fear of total nonexistence.
Series: Nagarjuna's Precious Garland (Teachings 2015-17)
Venerable Chodron’s teachings on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King, a classic Indian philosophical text on how to create the causes for good rebirths and realize emptiness in order to attain Buddhahood. Khensur Jampa Tegchok’s book, which Venerable uses as a reference for these teachings, is now published and can be found here.
Looking at how grasping at a truly existent I causes problems and binds us to cyclic existence.
How self-grasping arises in dependence upon the aggregates and the order that selflessness of persons and phenomena are realized. Review of four point analysis.
Looking at the causes of rebirth in samsara, its unsatisfactory nature, and the causes for liberation.
How different tenet schools posit what nirvana is, and how the Prasangika Madhyamikas refute assertions of a truly existent nirvana.
Refuting inherent existence eliminates grasping at true existence and leads to liberation. Refuting inherent existence by analyzing cause and effect.
Refuting the two extreme views—that things are totally nonexistent or inherently exist. Without abandoning the two extreme views liberation is not possible.
To get to the view of the middle way that avoids the two extremes is very delicate and is precious. Only when you attain this view can you attain liberation.
Refuting inherent existence by refuting inherent coming and going. How the impermanent, transitory person, experiences the results of karma.
The different ways to understand dependent arising to refute inherent existence—dependence on parts, causal dependence, and mutual dependence.