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There is no ornament like virtue. There is no misery like worry. There is no defense like patience. There is no friend like generosity.  —Nagarjuna, The Staff of Wisdom

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In Praise of the Dharmadhatu, 3-4

As butter, though inherent in the milk, Is mixed with it and hence does not appear, Just so the Dharmadhatu is not seen As long as it is mixed together with afflictions.   And just as the inherent butter essence … Continue reading

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Killing in Our Name

Everyone fears punishment; everyone fears death, just as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill. Everyone fears punishment; everyone loves life, as you do. Therefore do not kill or cause to kill.  Him I call superior who … Continue reading

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Correction

Someone who has acted negligently, but later becomes careful and attentive, is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from behind the clouds. —Arya Nagarjuna

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The Fourfold Negation & the Perfection of Wisdom

The chatuskoti, or the Fourfold Negation (NOT THIS: NOT THAT: NOT BOTH: NOT NEITHER) is a principal tool in Buddhist contemplation and analytic meditation. Repeatedly enunciated by the Master Nagarjuna, it is the systematic application of analysis for the deconstruction … Continue reading

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Advice to Politicians

As each of us considers which candidate to support in primaries and elections, please consider this sage advice given by Arya Nagarjuna to a young king.  Which of the candidates would most likely follow Nagarjuna’s advice? Without partisan spirit, guided … Continue reading

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Practical Emptiness

Arya Nagarjuna said: “The view of emptiness corrects all views.” This is eminently practical advice —skilful means— even though most persons consider it to be ‘deep philosophy’.  Whenever afflicted emotions arise, contemplating their emptiness is the most effective remedy. Specific … Continue reading

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