Chapter 12: Verses 295-300

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Part of a series of teachings on Aryadeva’s400 Stanzas on the Middle Way given on an annual basis at Sravasti Abbey by Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe beginning in 2013.

Motivation from Madhamakavatara

In their minds, yogis perceive that all afflictions and all faults
Arise from the reifying view of the perishing aggregates
And, knowing that the self is the object of that view,
They refute the self

  • How seeing the self as a dependent arising helps eliminate afflictions and obscurations
  • Refutation of production from four extremes: from self, other, both, or neither
  • How production takes place by dependent arising of cause and effect
  • Those who seek liberation from samsara should not engage in painful practices and forms of behavior
  • Pain, birth, and suffering are not constructive but maturation of past destructive karma
  • Practice of non-violence leads to higher rebirth while realizing and directly experiencing emptiness of inherent existence, to liberation
  • People who cling to their habitual wrong views cannot develop respect to the Buddha’s teachings
  • Advising those who seek liberation to adopt valid teachings on non-violence and emptiness
  • Positive potential accumulated by listening and explaining the teachings on emptiness
42 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe Verses 295-300 08-28-16

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