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Strand of Dharma Jewels: A Bodhisattva's Profound Teachings on Happiness, Liberation, and the Path
By: Nagarjuna

Strand of Dharma Jewels

Our Price: $14.95
Author: Nagarjuna
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781935413059
Publication Date: 2008

Product Code: 16252

A Strand of Dharma Jewels as Advice for the King (Raja-parikatha-ratnavali) is a 500-stanza treatise on Mahayana right view, practice, and realization written by Arya Nagarjuna sometime in the late first quarter of the first millennium CE. Although it is presented in the form of a letter to a monarch setting forth advice on how best to achieve happiness and gain liberation while also governing for the highest good of both king and country, its intent extends far beyond that: it is a reasonably complete guide for those aspiring to Bodhisattva practice on how to understand the mind and the world, how to think and act in the world, and how to achieve the highest realization of mind in transcending the world, even while working all the while for universal good in the world.

This is Tripitaka Master Paramartha's earliest (ca 550 ce) complete edition of Nagarjuna's Ratnavali. In it, Nagarjuna presents both abstruse teachings and practical advice to lay and monastic practitioners while also describing in considerable detail the terrains of the Bodhisattva Path. This very early edition is particularly useful in shedding light on difficult passages in the much-later Tibetan "revised translation" edition, the only other complete edition of this work.

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