Chapter 1: Verses 45-48

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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.

  • Our problems seem so real and serious, but if we examine our mind we can see how the afflictions operate and our problems don’t seem so real
    • We will see how we and others suffer unnecessarily by fabricating problems
  • Liberation from samsara is the extinction of grasping at true existence
  • How the afflictions are extinguished and rebirth in samsara stops
  • Avoiding the two extreme views of inherent existence and total nonexistence regarding cause and effect
    • Samsara is neither inherently caused nor arises without a cause
  • Refuting inherent existence by examining cause and effect
  • The Prasangika Madhyamaka view refutes inherently existent cause and effect, not conventionally existent cause and effect
  • There are two places to cut the twelve links of dependent arising

Precious Garland 16: Verses 45-48 (download)

16 Nagarjuna's Precious Garland 08-20-15

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