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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

PRACTICAL ETHICS AND PROFOUND EMPTINESS

A Commentary on Nagarjuna's Precious Garland

Khensur Jampa Tegchok Thubten Chodron

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.

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  • Paperback
  • 440 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $22.95
  • ISBN 9781614293248
  • ebook
  • 440 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614293354
about the author
Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness

Born in 1930, Khensur Jampa Tegchok became a monk at the age of eight. He studied major Buddhist treatises at Sera Monastic University in Tibet for fourteen years before fleeing his homeland in 1959. The former abbot of the Jé College of Sera Monastic University in India, he was also a beloved teacher at several FPMT centers including the Masters Program at Instituto Lama Tsongkhapa in Italy, Land of Medicine Buddha in California, and Nalanda Monastery in France.

Other books by Khensur Jampa Tegchok:
Insight into Emptiness

Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness

Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western nuns and monks in the US. She graduated from UCLA, and did graduate work in education at USC. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, she has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche.
Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and has co-authored a book with His Holiness the Dalai Lama—Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. Visit thubtenchodron.org for a media library of her teachings, and sravasti.org to learn more about the Abbey.
Thubten Chodron featured in Tricycle: “Tibetan Buddhist Nun Blazes Trail for Others to Follow.”
See Thubten Chodron’s teaching schedule here.
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Other books by Thubten Chodron:
Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature
The Foundation of Buddhist Practice
Buddhism
Approaching the Buddhist Path
Insight into Emptiness

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