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Ratnāvalī


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‘A Garland of Jewels’, being a didactic work in Sanskrit by Nāgārjuna comprising 500 verses arranged in five chapters. Although it includes teachings typical of other works by Nāgārjuna on emptiness (śūnyatā), much of the contents are of a practical nature and deal with the daily conduct of lay-persons, especially rulers. The fourth chapter is of particular interest for its programme of humanitarian activities which Nāgārjuna suggests are incumbent upon Buddhist rulers. The work partially survives in Sanskrit as well as versions in Tibetan and Chinese.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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