Nagarjuna's Precious Garland: Buddhist Advice For Living And Liberation Paperback – Jan 26 2007
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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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Diane C. Donovan
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!
In his Ratnavali Nagarjuna gives advice to a king with whom he was intimately related as guru and disciple and whose exact identity remains obscured by two millennia of history. The treatise is full of common sence and good advice on ethics, livelihood and how to develop the good heart that is so badly needed for those in positions of power and responsibility. Nevertheless it is far from being an easy text on lifestyle and well-being, providing - next to his famous Madhyamakakarikas - all essential logical instructions on the view of emptiness, svabhavasunyata, which is to be attained by all means by anybody, sravaka, pratyekabuddha and bodhisattva alike, in order to get liberated.
The text talks to the philosophers of his time, Samkhya, Jain and Nyaya, with interesting sensitivity for where their arguments are coming from and how to dismantle their positions by way of absurd consequences, later typical for the prasangika-madhyamika branch of the Middle Way schools.
Jeffrey Hopkins in general is one of the most prolific American practitioner-scientists, whose grasp on the complexities of the material is ever astonishing while having the great advantage that - other than many of his scientific collegues - he employs simple language, no unnessessary latinisms where straight forward expressions will do. He is consistent, fully backed up by valid sources, does not speculate and is simply a great author in his own right - in short any book by him is worth reading.
His translation of RV is faithful and pleasant to read. It benefits from the outlines inserted according to Tsongkhapa's disciple Gyaltsab Dharma Rinchen. A great book, which conveys a piece of world cultural heritage of wisdom and compassion. Recommend fully.
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