Title BUDDHIST ADVICE FOR LIVING & LIBERATION: NAGARJUNA'S 'PRECIOUS GARLAND'.
Publisher Snow Lion, Ithaca, New York, 1998.
Seller ID 23721
283 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 1559390859 English and Tibetan text. "Nagarjuna is renowned for his penetrating analysis of reality. In the 'Precious Garland', he offers intimate counsel on how to conduct one's life and how to constru ct social policies that reflect Buddhist ideals. The advice for personal happiness is concerned first with improving one's condition over the course of lifetimes and then with release from all types of suffering, culminating in Buddhahood... . I n h i s advice on social and governmental policy, Nagarjuna emphasizes education, compassionate care for all living beings, not using the death penalty but reforming criminals, and charity for the homeless. Calling for the appointment of gove rn me nt fi gu re s who are not seeking profit or fame, he advises that a selfish motivation will lead to misfortune. The book includes a detailed analysis of attachment to sensual objects as a preparation for realization of the profound truth tha t, whe n r e ali zed , m akes attachment impossible." Interior - previous owner's chop mark (stamp) on frist page with faint ink offset on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - soft corner creas e o n fr ont co ver, sli ght curl to corners of covers - slight migration into adjacent pages, two small number series stamped om bottom of text block. Very Good