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Nagarjuna's Precious Garland: Buddhist Advice For Living And Liberation [Paperback]

Jeffrey Hopkins

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Book Description

Jan. 26 2007
Nagarjuna is renowned for his penetrating analysis of reality. In the Precious Garland, he offers intimate counsel on how to conduct one's life and how to construct social policies that reflect Buddhist ideals. The advice for personal happiness is concerned first with improving one's condition over the course of lifetimes, and then with release from all kinds of suffering, culminating in Buddhahood. Nagarjuna describes the cause and effect sequences for the development of happiness within ordinary life, as well as the practices of wisdom, realizing emptiness, and compassion that lead to enlightenment. He describes a Buddha's qualities and offers encouraging advice on the effectiveness of practices that reveal the vast attributes of Buddhahood. In his advice on social and governmental policy, Nagarjuna emphasizes education and compassionate care for all living beings. He also objects to the death penalty. Calling for the appointment of government figures who are not seeking profit or fame, he advises that a selfish motivation will lead to misfortune. The book includes a detailed analysis of attachment to sensual objects as a preparation for realization of the profound truth that, when realized, makes attachment impossible.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (Jan. 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559392746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559392747
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 20 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Nagarjuna is renowned for his analysis of reality May 18 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Nagarjuna is renowned for his analysis of reality, and in PRECIOUS GARLAND he offers up ideas on how to live a life reflecting Buddhist principles. From improving one's condition over the course of a lifetime to achieving spiritual and social satisfaction, PRECIOUS GARLAND is more than spiritual philosophy: it offers up a formula applying Buddhist thinking and principles to everyday life and personal evolution, making for a top pick spiritual collections will want.

Diane C. Donovan

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must April 23 2013
By Mauricie - Published on Amazon.com
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Nagarjuna means to me the greatest and more profound thinker that ever walked this earth. His analysis of reality, his observations, his logic and dialectic has convinced me of his incredible talent and insights.
As an advice, his writings are mainly in stanzas and most be read very slow and every word has its hidden meaning!
This is a deep philosopher with an astonishing view of reality, with a very different approach to those we are familiar with!
I recommend ALL his texts and writing. I have read most of them and revise them once in a while.
Unfortunately, I'm not an scholar on this field. Nagarjuna makes me dream with Nalanda University and all the explosion of ideas that existed there 2000 years ago, same ideas and doubts we question and try to understand today!

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