Letter to a Friend
"Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend”, a teaching by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, given at La Sonnerie, Centre d’Études de Chanteloube in Dordogne, France, in Aug. 13-21, 2010
Nagarjuna, the founder of the Madhyamika school of Buddhism, wrote ‘Letter to a Friend’ as advice to his friend Satavahana King, Gautamiputra. Despite its short length (only around 120 verses), ‘Letter to a Friend’ gives an overview of the whole Mahayana path including many pith instructions on, for example, trusting karma, adopting virtuous deeds and abandoning non-virtuous deeds, genuine devotion to Triple Gem and how to live a proper life. Since these teachings are for King Gautamiputra, they are particularly applicable to lay practitioners.