The greater part of Buddhism taught in the West is done through modern commentators. Jeffrey Hopkins offers us an alternative in his translation of one of the most revered Mahayana Buddhist scriptures: the Precious Garland
by Nagarjuna. Written more than 1,500 years ago, its advice is still lucid and fresh. As counsel for a king, the text is the polar opposite of Machiavelli's The Prince
; it elucidates reality, announces the way to cultivate personal virtue, and suggests ways to implement that virtue in public policy. Former interpreter for the Dalai Lama, Hopkins has translated the Precious Garland
in colloquial verse that belongs with the most inspiring of spiritual scriptures.
"Recommended for all graduate and undergraduate library collections."—Religious Studies Review
"Hopkins has done a magnificent job of translating Nagarjuna's Precious Garland,
making it even more accessible by describing Nagarjuna's life and the themes of his text. Perfect Buddhist advice for living and liberation indeed."—Mandala Magazine
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