An introduction to the text in the context of Nagarjuna’s other treatises on the Middle Way, and beginning the commentary on Verse 1.
Series: Nagarjuna's Precious Garland (Teachings 2015-17)
Venerable Chodron’s teachings on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King, a classic Indian philosophical text on how to create the causes for good rebirths and realize emptiness in order to attain Buddhahood. Khensur Jampa Tegchok’s book, which Venerable uses as a reference for these teachings, is now published and can be found here.
Because a series of good rebirths provides the foundation for liberation and awakening, the causes for upper rebirth need to be recognized and created.
To generate wisdom a series of upper rebirths is needed. Upper rebirth requires confidence in the laws of karma and knowing what to practice and abandon.
To attain an upper rebirth to continue working for awakening we need to abandon destructive actions and mistaken paths and engage in constructive actions.
By reflecting on the results of actions we can change our behavior to have conducive conditions in the future and also understand our experiences of this life.
With an understanding of the four general characteristics of karma we will see the importance of abstaining from the ten nonvirtuous pathways of action.
Review of the first five of the ten non-virtuous pathways: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and divisive speech.
A review of the nonvirtuous pathways of harsh speech and idle talk. Looking at the varieties of harsh speech and idle talk.
Review of the three mental nonvirtuous pathways of action: covetousness, maliciousness, and wrong view.
The essential thing to remember is don’t engage in nonvirtue, engage in virtue. How do we get our mind to that place? Think about the results of our actions.