The Precious Garland of Advice for a King

The Precious Garland is composed by the great Indian pandit Nagarjuna and belongs to his Collection of Advice. The text is famous for its descriptions of the bodhisattva's path of compassion and for its clear, concise analysis of the Buddha's teachings on emptiness. Translated by Jeffrey Hopkins.

The text is freely available as a PDF, produced by Piero Sirianni, for viewing on your mobile device or computer.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting Nagarjuna prayers in front of the Nagarjuna statue at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, 2014. Photo: Ven. Sarah Thresher

"This good explanation is a great compendium of both the profound emptiness and the extensive deeds of compassion, illuminating as well techniques for social welfare.”
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The text consists of five chapters in which Nagarjuna offers advice on how to find happiness by cultivating virtues of body speech and mind, and how to acquire the merit and wisdom required for enlightenment. Nagarjuna clarifies the Buddha's exposition on emptiness based on the Prajnaparamita, the Perfection of Wisdom sutras and presents the ten bodhisattva stages leading to buddhahood. 

Nagarjuna was an Indian pandit who propounded the Madhyamaka philosophy of emptiness and is one of six great scholars, known as the Six Ornaments. He lived in south India approximately 400 years after the Buddha passed away.

Click here to read Nagarjuna's Precious Garland. Please note: you can navigate through the text by clicking on the chapter links on the right side of the PDF.