Nagarjuna's Sixty Stanzas

7 October 2015
Kathmandu
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Nagarjuna’s Sixty Stanzas on Reasoning

In this text, Nagarjuna – the father of Madhyamaka – establishes the view of Mahayana Buddhism. He uses the Prajnaparamita Sutra as his main supporting text. To begin, he pays homage to the expounder of dependent arising. Why pay homage to the Buddha? Not because of any miracle powers, golden skin or ability to fly, but because the Buddha realised and expounded the fundamental view of dependent arising. The view is the most important and what distinguishes Buddhism from other spiritual paths. Actions or morality without the proper view are just another cause of entanglement. So how is it possible to have the right view? There are three ways:

  • A qualified and compassionate master pointing out the view to a very devoted and open-minded student
  • Through analogy
  • Through reasoning

It is the last one that is used throughout this text.

Onsite Translation: Chinese

龍樹《六十頌如理論》

佛教中觀派祖師龍樹菩薩提出了兼容並蓄的緣起性空論,是我們了

解佛教哲學的關鍵思想家。其著作《六十頌如理論》為中觀應成派的基本論典,以六十頌説明緣起,常被引用,是學佛弟子了解緣起和中觀要義的重要論典。

宗薩欽哲仁波切于2015年10月在祜主頂果欽哲法王圓寂紀念日之際,在尼泊爾加德滿都,以7天的時間,藉此討論般若智慧的開示,供養文殊上師。

 

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