In Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness Khensur Jampa Tegchok walks us carefully through a classic of Indian Buddhist philosophy, explaining the implications of its philosophical arguments and grounding its advice in a recognizable day-to-day world. In The Precious Garland, the source text for this commentary, Nagarjuna advises his patron king on how best to take advantage of human life to secure a happy rebirth in the next life while making progress toward the goal of enlightenment. Known primarily for his incisive presentation of emptiness, here Nagarjuna shows his wise understanding of how to navigate the intricacies of worldly life to balance everyday needs with spiritual practice. Loaded with equal measures of penetrating explanations of the highest reality and inspiring encouragement toward the bodhisattva practices, Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness makes the case for living a thoughtful, morally upright life in the world to achieve immediate and ultimate spiritual goals.
Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness
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“We are fortunate to have such important and instructive texts as Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland, which is here profoundly explained by the eminent scholar Khensur Jampa Tegchok. The world has never been more in need of ethics and wisdom, so this timely book is highly recommended for all who seek authoritative guidance on the Mahayana path.”—Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, author of Into the Heart of Life
“Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness is a beautifully clear translation and systematic explanation of Nagarjuna’s most accessible and wide-ranging work. As the title suggests, it gives advice on everyday life, public policy, and meditation on the profound nature of our existence. Dharma students everywhere will benefit from careful attention to its pages.”—Guy Newland, author of Introduction to Emptiness
“Though written to a king and composed over eighteen centuries ago, this poetic text by Nagarjuna, The Precious Garland, offers advice like no other for it guides us in leading a wise, compassionate and ethical life even in tumultuous times like our own. For its tenth chapter alone— “Practical Advice for Leaders”—this text is a must-read. A clear, readable, and urgent call to ethical action. This work offers amazing spot-on advice for our times, especially for our leaders and policy-makers.”—Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist