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.
- The four elements cannot form an inherently existent composite because composites are dependent on parts
- Each of the four elements lack inherent existence because they are mutually dependent on the other elements
- Prasangikas refute the lower schools’ assertion that things are both dependent arisings and inherently existent
- The elements and other things have their own specific characteristics, but their characteristics do not exist inherently
- Examining other phenomena to see that they are mutually dependent and therefore lack inherent existence
Precious Garland 25: Verses 86-92 (download)