An introduction to the text “400 Stanzas on the Middle Way” by Aryadeva, the study text of the weekly Thursday night teachings at Sravasti Abbey.
Series: Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way (Teachings 2013-2015)
The benefits of reflecting on death, how to contemplate death with wisdom, and refuting misconceptions of permanence.
Meditations on death. How remembering death give us an incentive to practice.
How practicing the Dharma will be of the greatest benefit at the time of death, loosening the attachment to those we love and to our own selves.
How the mistaken view of the body as a source of pleasure leads to dukkha, and seeing the body as a source of pain will give us energy to work for liberation.
The unsatisfactory nature of the pleasures of cyclic existence and how they cannot bring real, lasting happiness.
How what is seen as pleasurable in samsara is actually a small discomfort replacing a greater discomfort, and all pleasure is transient.
Recognizing the difficulties created by sensual desire and seeing the body for what it is instead of exaggerating its good qualities.
Examining the foulness of the body and why there is resistance to thinking of the body as merely a bag of filth and impurity.
How our attempts to beautify the body fail to make it an appropriate object of desire, and the importance of developing inner happiness.