The Precious Garland Summary

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Nagarjuna
The Precious Garland
(Circa 200 BCE)
“The Precious Garland” is Nagarjuna’s detailed explanation of the Buddhist philosophy of emptiness. Achary Nagarjuna, an Indian philosopher contributed the development of Buddhism. Acharya was born a Hindu but later he converted to Buddhism. He is the founder of the school of Buddhism known as Madhyamaka, or the “The Middle Path”. “The Precious Garland” verses are addressed to an ancient Indian King named Satavahana. Buddhism and Christianity have the same concepts of the self and human nature. Buddhist and Christians believed in after life, had their religious practices and had their Doctrine. Buddhist believed that the afterlife is a cessation of suffering, which is nirvana; and there is a
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The Four Noble Truths were the Buddha 's method for achieving spiritual health. They relate directly to karma and to the idea of interdependence. The Four Truths describe the condition of our lives. They also explain suffering and the means by which we can free ourselves from the misery of the world. The Four Noble Truths are The Noble truth of suffering; The Noble truth of the cause of suffering that is illusion and desire; the Noble Truth of Nirvana, a realm free from suffering; and the Truth of the Noble Eightfold Path, the path to nirvana. “Thus one who has heard but does not examine the doctrine which destroys are all suffering, And fears the fearless state Trembles due to ignorance.” (The Precious Garland, p. 113) Stating if you do not follow or study the doctrine you will not be able to live at peace. By obeying the doctrine you are released from all suffering. Christians also have their own doctrine which is The Holy Bible. Christians follow and obey the bible. “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.” (Timothy 3:16) God purposely put the bible here so the Christians can know the history of him. The bible is also the guide to the Christians to live a righteous life. “But as for you, promote the kind of living that reflects right teaching.” (Titus 2:1) Meaning practice…show more content…
Although their beliefs are different they share the common belief in something. Buddhist believes in Buddha. Christians believe in God. We can compare the two but at the end each has their style. Buddhist and Christians share the common interest of self-concepts and human nature. They will continue to live on their beliefs and remain to be righteous in the way their religion has taught them to
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