Chapter 1: Verses 69-75

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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.

  • Refuting inherent existence by understanding that whatever is momentary has parts
  • Anything that depends on parts cannot be inherently existent
  • Refuting inherent existence through the reasoning of not being one or many
  • Even emptiness is dependent, it cannot exist without the basis
  • Phenomena are destroyed in one of two ways—they are exhausted naturally or through counteractions
  • Realizing inherent existence does not mean making something previously inherently existent to become empty of inherent existence
  • When one attains nirvana an inherently existent samsara does not disappear or become non-existent
    • If samsara were inherently existent it could not cease
  • Why the Buddha did not respond when asked if the world and the self had an end or did not end

Precious Garland 20: Verses 69-75 (download)

20 Nagarjuna's Precious Garland: Verses 69-75 09-17-15

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