Quote Archives: Nagarjuna

What the Buddha taught ~ Nagarjuna

Just as a grammarian first has students Read a model of the alphabet, Buddha taught students The doctrine that they could bear. To some he taught doctrines To turn them away from ill-deeds. To some, for the sake of achieving merit. To some, doctrines based on duality. To some, doctrines based on non-duality. To some, […]

Mahamudra Vision ~ Nagarjuna

Homage to Manjusrikumarabhuta! 1. I bow down to the all-powerful Buddha Whose mind is free of attachment, Who in his compassion and wisdom Has taught the inexpressible. 2. In truth there is no birth – Then surely no cessation or liberation; The Buddha is like the sky And all beings have that nature. 3. Neither […]

One instant of love ~ Nagarjuna

Even three times a day to offer Three hundred cooking pots of food Does not match a portion of the merit In one instant of love. Though [through love] you are not liberated You will attain the eight good qualities of love — Gods and humans will be friendly, Even [non-humans] will protect you, You […]

Two truths ~ Nagarjuna

The Buddha’s teaching of the Dharma is based on two truths: a truth of worldly convention and an ultimate truth. Those who do not understand the distinction drawn between these two truths do not understand the Buddha’s profound truth. Without a foundation in the conventional truth the significance of the ultimate cannot be taught. Without […]

Deep and difficult to understand ~ Nagarjuna

By a misperception of emptiness A person of little intelligence is destroyed. Like a snake incorrectly seized Or like a spell incorrectly cast. For that reason — that the Dharma is Deep and difficult to understand and to learn — The Buddha’s mind despaired of Being able to teach it. Nagarjuna

The fire-brand circle of samsara ~ Nagarjuna

If we grasp at the (five) aggregates, we are grasping at self. If we grasp at self, from that (arises) karma, and from (karma arises) birth. Through these three, without a beginning, middle, or end, Revolves the fire-brand circle of samsara By depending on each other as the cause. Nagarjuna

Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination ~ Nagarjuna

Homage to Mañjuśrī, the Youthful! These different links, twelve in number, Which Buddha taught as dependent origination, Can be summarized in three categories: Mental afflictions, karma and suffering. The first, eighth and ninth are afflictions, The second and tenth are karma, The remaining seven are suffering. Thus the twelve links are grouped in three. From […]

Examination of Time ~ Nagarjuna

If the present and the future Depend on the past, Then the present and the future Would have existed in the past. If the present and future Did not exist there, How could the present and the Future be dependent on it? Without depending on the past, Neither of the two could be established. Therefore […]

Nothing but illusion ~ Nagarjuna

The creation of illusion is nothing but illusion. When everything is compound there is nothing which can be regarded as a real thing. Such is the nature of all things. Nagarjuna

Bright moon ~ Nagarjuna

Someone who has acted carelessly, But later becomes careful and attentive, Is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from the clouds. Nagarjuna

What then is the Tathagata ~ Nagarjuna

He is not the aggregates; nor other than the aggregates; No aggregates are there in him, and in the aggregates he is not found. The Tathagata is not the owner of the aggregates. What then is the Tathagata? Nagarjuna

Homage to the Buddha ~ Nagarjuna

You taught that whatever arises dependently Is free of ceasing, free of arising; Free of extinction, free of permanence; Free of coming, free of going; Free of being one, free of being many — You taught perfect peace, the easing of all elaborations. Perfect Buddha, supreme among speakers, I pay homage to you. Nagarjuna

Doer and doing ~ Nagarjuna

A doer arises dependent on a doing, and a doing exists dependent on a doer. Except for that, we do not see another cause for their establishment. Nagarjuna

The pleasure to be without desire ~ Nagarjuna

There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, But to be without sores is more pleasurable still. Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires, But to be without desires is more pleasurable still. Nagarjuna

Our own efforts ~ Nagarjuna

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one’s own efforts. Nagarjuna

The web of disturbing emotions ~ Nagarjuna

Covered by the web of disturbing emotions, One is a sentient being. Freed from disturbing emotions, One is called a buddha. Nagarjuna

Encouragement for virtue ~ Nagarjuna

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one’s own efforts. Nagarjuna

Without intrinsic being ~ Nagarjuna

The nature of the Tathagata Is the nature of this world of beings. The Tathagata is without intrinsic being; This world of beings is without intrinsic being. Nagarjuna

Skillful means of a Buddha ~ Nagarjuna

Just as the grammarian makes one study grammar, A Buddha teaches according to the tolerance of his students; Some he urges to refrain from sins, others to do good, Some to rely on dualism, other on non-dualism; And to some he teaches the profound, The terrifying, the practice of enlightenment, Whose essence is emptiness that […]

Dreamlike world ~ Nagarjuna

The object of knowledge in dream is not seen when one awakes. Similarly the world disappears to him who is awakened from the darkness of ignorance. Nagarjuna