Chapter 1: Verses 39-44

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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 habitual ways of thinking make us miserable. The Dharma is about reframing how we look at things
  • Non-Buddhists misunderstand and think that empty of inherent existence means total nonexistence and that nirvana is like death, total cessation of the person
  • Some lower school Buddhists believe that when an arhat dies that all aggregates cease, including the continuity of consciousness, so the person completely ceases
  • The lower schools and the Prasangika Madhyamaka differ in their view of nirvana
  • The Prasangika Madhyamaka refutation of lower schools’ view that nirvana is inherently existent
  • The Prasangikas refutation of inherently existent aggregates and afflictions
  • The lower schools and Prasangikas define nirvana with remainder and nirvana without remainder differently
  • Acquired I-grasping and innate I-grasping

Precious Garland 15: Verses 39-44 (download)

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