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 an inherently existent self through the fivefold and sevenfold reasonings
- All the points of the sevenfold analysis boil down to the self and aggregates not being inherently one or inherently separate
- Refuting the inherent existence of the four elements
- Because the elements are mutually dependent they cannot exist inherently
- The fact that Nagarjuna teaches about causality shows the he believes in dependent existence, not that things are totally nonexistent
Precious Garland 24: Verses 82-86 (download)