Part 1. Qualities of a Ruler: Honesty


Since the US Presidential election is approaching, it seems appropriate to reflect on the qualities that the ideal president should possess. Who better to turn to than Nagarjuna?

Just as by themselves the true words
Of kings generate firm trust,
So their false words are the best means
To create distrust.

What is not deceitful is the truth;
It is not an intentional fabrication,
What is solely helpful to others is the truth.
The opposite is falsehood since it does not help.

Jeffrey Hopkins. Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland: buddhist advice for living and liberation. Snow Lion Publications, 2007.

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