Chapter 1: Verses 81-82

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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.

  • Why the conclusion of the four point analysis is explicitly emptiness and implicitly dependent arising
  • It’s tempting to think that the collection of non-car parts is the inherently existent car, but how can a collection of things that are non-cars become a car?
  • When you analyze, you can’t find the person, but you can’t say the person is non-existent
  • Just as the person is not inherently existent, so to the constituents are not inherently existent
  • Analyzing the relationship between the person and the aggregates
  • If there were an inherently existent person we would be able to find it in one of five ways
  • If the self and the aggregates were inherently one and the same, you would have a number of absurd consequences that are untenable

Precious Garland 23: Verses 81-82 (download)

23 Nagarjuna's Precious Garland: Verses 80-82 10-08-15

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