Living Wisely: Further Advice from Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland
How do we live wisely? This is the burning question that Sangharakshita seeks to answer in this companion volume of commentary on a famous text, Precious Garland of Advice for a King, the advice being that ofthe great Indian Buddhist teacher Nagarjuna. In the first volume, Living Ethically, Sangharakshita showed us that to live a Buddhist life we need to develop an ethical foundation, living in a way that is motivated increasingly by love, contentment and awareness. However, from a Buddhist viewpoint, ‘being good’ is not good enough. We need to use our positive ethical position, our momentum in goodness, to develop wisdom, a deep understanding of the true nature of existence. We become good in order to learn to be wise.
This book teaches us that the development of wisdom is not an easy task. The truth of things is elusive, subtle and caneven be frightening, and to approach it we need to develop a less literal andmore reflective intelligence, as well as greater maturity and courage. But despite the challenges, learning to live wisely is ultimately the mostsatisfying of all human endeavours.