The precious garland - Paris - 2009
Fundamental work of ārya Nāgārjuna The Precious Garland of Advice for a King is considered one of the thirteen great lamrim of India. Its five chapters lay out the entire spiritual path - the way to ensure happy rebirths, the path that leads to liberation from all suffering, the path that culminates into full enlightenment - while delivering invaluable advice on the art of leading one's life, of governing, of placing oneself at the service of all other sentient beings according to the ideal of the bodhisattvas. It is this extraordinary treatise that Rinpoche invites us to discover.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THESE TEACHINGS?
Rinpoche here comments on the first nineteen stanzas of The Precious Garland of Advice for a King in order to give us a glimpse of its incomparable flavor and provides us with enlightening instructions for our spiritual practice along the way. He thus describes:
- The causes and conditions that are necessary to gain favorable rebirths
- Ignorance through which we identify ourselves with an absolute identity and the wisdom which liberates us from it and puts an end to all suffering.
- The union of the path of special insight and the path of skillful means that lead to complete Enlightenment.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
This invaluable commentary by Rinpoche will help you both to begin to familiarize yourself with the thought of ārya Nāgārjuna, and to acquire or reinforce a precise and synthetic understanding of the whole spiritual path, by illuminating these three fundamental qualities that are renunciation, bodhicitta, and the wisdom that realizes emptiness.