Nothing Is the Way It Seems: The Sixty Verses  on Reasoning

Nothing Is the Way It Seems: The Sixty Verses on Reasoning

root text by Arya Nagarjuna (c. 200AD) written by Gyaltsab Je Darma Rinchen (1364-1432)

The Sixty Verses on Reasoning by Arya Nagarjuna are considered by scholars to be one of Master Nagarjuna’s Six Great Works on Logic, and as such, consists of philosophical arguments designed to prove to the so called “lower” schools of Buddhism that although they don’t realize it, they already accept the profound explanations of emptiness that have been offered previously by Shakyamuni Buddha, Master Nagarjuna, and are accepted by the Middle Way school.

The commentary written by Gyaltsab Je, one of Je Tsongkapa’s main disciples, is a thorough elucidation of the meaning of the many arguments put forth by Arya Nagarjuna illustrating the true meaning of emptiness and the fact that accepting any other idea of the concept of emptiness would be mistaken.  He also goes into great detail on several subjects including the differences between the two branches of the Middle Way School, why the Buddha taught lower viewpoints, among many others.

In addition to Gyaltsab Je’s commentary, we have translated as part of this work notes that Gyaltsab Je took to a teaching on the Sixty Verses given by his own teacher, Je Tsongkapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357-1419).

A commentary to the “String of Precious Jewels”

A commentary to the “String of Precious Jewels”

root text by Arya Nagarjuna (c. 200AD) by Gyaltsab Je, Darma Rinchen (1364-1432)

The String of Precious Jewels, written by Master Nagarjuna consists of advices given to a king both on how to rule and how to practice the teachings of the Greater Way.  While generally considered by scholars to be one of Arya Nagarjuna’s Six Great Works on Logic, it is also regarded as an early presentation of a genre known as Steps on the Path to Enlightenment.

The work is divided into the different goals that one could achieve through practice and  contains a detailed discussion of the true meaning of the idea of liberation from suffering.   Gyaltsab Je’s commentary to the text unlocks the meaning of Master Nagarjuna’s verses and presents practical details on how to use the wisdom contained within the work to live a better life and to transcend suffering altogether.

Schon als Kind besaß Nick Lashaw ein Talent für Musik. Als junger Erwachsener reiste er ausgiebig durch Lateinamerika und lernte dabei ungewöhnlich schnell Spanisch und Portugiesisch, wodurch ihm bewusst wurde, dass er auch ein Talent für Sprachen hat. Nach dem Abschluss seines Maschinenbaustudiums begann Nick sich für Spiritualität zu interessieren und beschäftigte sich intensiv mit buddhistischer Philosophie und Yoga. Irgendwann bot sich ihm die Gelegenheit, seine Leidenschaften für Sprache und buddhistische Philosophie miteinander zu verbinden, und er begann, Tibetisch zu lernen und zu übersetzen.

Als seine Studien Früchte zu tragen begannen, half er 2017 seinem Lehrer, die gemeinnützige Organisation Diamond Cutter Classics zu gründen, an deren Leitung er bis heute beteiligt ist. Irgendwo im Strom seines Lebens gründete er zudem ein Unternehmen für Gartenarchitektur, ein Yogastudio, er baute Retreat Cabins, spielte in Rockbands und schenkte mit seiner Frau einer wunderschönen kleinen Tochter das Leben. Zurzeit wohnt er mit seiner kleinen Familie irgendwo am Meer, wo er in seiner Freizeit voller Freude buddhistische Bücher übersetzt, surft, meditiert und Musik aufnimmt.

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