Chapter 1: Verses 36-38

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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.

  • Examining how the Precious Garland and the lamrim teachings differ in how they describe the causes for precious human rebirth
  • Review and clarification of verse 36
    • The twelve links of dependent arising explained in three phases
    • The twelve links show how we are reborn and bound in cyclic existence
  • The three unsatisfactory conditions of cyclic existence and contemplating them to generate the determination to be free:
    • The dukkha of pain
    • The dukkha of change
    • Pervasive conditioned dukkha
  • Clarification regarding bodhisattvas’ rebirth in the world, the difference between arya bodhisattvas and lower level bodhisattvas
  • Analyzing the four types of production to refute inherent existence
  • How to meditate on the twelve links of dependent arising using personal experience

Precious Garland 13: Verses 36-38 (download)

14 Nagarjuna's Precious Garland: Verses 36-38 08-06-15

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