Nāgārjuna, fully Acharya Nāgārjuna

Nāgārjuna, fully Acharya Nāgārjuna

Second Century Buddhist Philosopher

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There are no mundane things outside of Buddhism, and there is no Buddhism outside of mundane things.

I praise that perfect Buddha,
who taught us relativity;
free of cessation and creation,
without annihilation and permanence,
with no coming and no going,
Not a unity, nor a plurality,
fabrications quieted, the supreme bliss!

I am not, I will not be.
I have not, I will not have.
This frightens all children,
and kills fear in the wise.

If wanderers were not themselves the cause, then like the scent and color
of the lotus in the sky, there would be no perception of the universe.

Since all is empty, all is possible.

Just as it is known
that an image of one's face is seen
depending on a mirror
but does not really exist as a face,
so the conception of "I" exists
Dependent on mind and body,
But like the image of a face;
the "I" does not at all exist as its own reality.

The victorious ones have said
that emptiness is the relinquishing of all views.
For whomever emptiness is a view,
that one has accomplished nothing.

There is not the slightest difference
between cyclic existence and nirvana.
There is not the slightest difference
between nirvana and cyclic existence.

If grasping were bondage,
then the one who is grasping would not be bound.
But one who is not grasping is not bound.
In what circumstances will one be bound? ... "I, without grasping, will pass beyond sorrow,
And I will attain nirvana," one says.
Whoever grasps like this
Has a great grasping.

The victorious ones say that emptiness undermines all dogmatic views, those who take a dogmatic view of emptiness are said to be incurable.

As long as the aggregates are conceived, There will be a conception of “I”, And when there is a conception of “I”, There’s karma, and from that, rebirth.

Due to having many parts, there is no unity. There is not anything without parts. Further, without one, there is not many. Also, without existence, there is no non-existence.

The logs of wood which move down the river together Are driven apart by every wave. Such inevitable parting Should not be the cause of misery.

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 is compassion.

Ultimate serenity is the coming to rest of all ways of taking things, the repose of named things; no truth has been taught by a Buddha for anyone, anywhere.

A person is not earth, not water,
not fire, not wind, not space,
not consciousness, and not all of them.
What person is there other than these?

In peace there is profundity
from which the highest respect arises
from respect comes power and command
therefore observe peace.

My acts are irrevocable
Because they have no essence...
Where are the doers of deeds
Absent among their conditions?
Imagine a magician
Who creates a creature
Who creates other creatures.
Acts I perform are creatures
Who create others.

Although a cloth be washed a hundred times, how can it be rendered clean and pure if it be washed in water which is dirty?

Those who speak ill of the spiritual life, although they come and go by day, are like the smith's bellows. They take breath but are not alive.

Moral conduct, self-restraint, and control of the mind. What else does one need who perseveres in these?

The career of a sage is of two kinds; He is either honored by all in the world, like a flower waving its head, or else he disappears into the silent forest.

The foolish are like ripples on water, for whatsoever they do is quickly effaced. But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, for their smallest act is durable.

The man against whom you feel anger in your heart is not to be admonished by mere words. First, subdue him by force, and then use your weapon of words.

The teachings of elegant sayings should be collected when one can. For the supreme gift of words of wisdom, any price will be paid.

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Second Century Buddhist Philosopher