You are invited to join us for a brief encounter with Nagarjuna, the ultimate "non-conceptual Kung Fu Master."
Nagarjuna's work on Karma and causality is not what you think. In fact what he’s getting at is quite literally NOT thinkable. But in the process of working through what he left us, you may uncover transformational wisdom. Which is something different altogether.
Teachings on cause and effect and the so-called “laws of karma” are crucial to most traditions of Eastern spirituality. And in these excerpts from three chapters of Nagarjuna's powerhouse text on the subject, we will explore some deep and surprising insights which may lead us to greater freedom and usefulness in the world.
If you are new to Nagarjuna you are in for a mind-bending treat. If you are not new to Nagarjuna, leave all that behind and join us for a hopefully fresh and helpful perspective on these incomparable works of truth.
Topics include: “The Different Kinds of Causes and Conditions,” “Causality and Interdependence,” “Nothing Starts and Nothing Stops,” “Which Comes First?: The Emptiness of Actors and Actions,” “An Analysis of How Karma Works,” “The Problem of Continuity Between Action and Its Result,” “Karma and Rebirth,” and “Karma Works, But Not How You Think It Does.”
Benefits of the Course:
- Receive simple, logical keys for deciphering the philosophical arguments for emptiness and interdependence put forward by Nagarjuna, often called the “Second Buddha”
- Gain a deep understanding of the nature of cause and effect and practical methods for using such an understanding in daily life
- Explore the apparent difference – and then come to realize the true inseparability – of the actor and the roles he or she plays in life
- Obtain profound insights into the nature of karma, moral responsibility, and the unfailing but incomprehensible relationship between karmic causes and the consequences of action
Based on Chapters One, Eight, and Seventeen of Nagarjuna’s Root Verses of the Middle Way (Mulamadhyamaka Karika) and Lama Marut’s original verse-by-verse written commentaries