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.

As a kid, Nick Lashaw had an ear for music. As a young adult he traveled extensively in Latin America and picked up Spanish and Portuguese pretty easily and so realized that he also had an ear for languages. After completing his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Nick got very interested in spirituality and undertook extensive studies in Buddhist philosophy and yoga. At some point he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to marry his passions for language and Buddhist philosophy and started to learn to translate Tibetan.

As his studies blossomed he helped his teacher to found the Diamond Cutter Classics non-profit organization which he still helps to run today. Somewhere in the stream of his life he also started and helped run a garden design company, a yoga studio, built retreat cabins, played in rock bands, and helped to create a beautiful baby daughter. He currently resides somewhere near the ocean with his wife and daughter where he is happily translating the Buddhist books, surfing, meditating, and recording music in his free time.

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Nick Lashaw

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Ratnamala

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The Strings of Precious Jewels

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The String of Precious Jewels

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The String of Precious Jewels

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The Sixty Verses on Reasoning

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The Sixty Verses on Reasoning

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The Sixty Verses on Reasoning