Chapter 1: Abandoning belief in permanence

Introduction and Verse 1

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Countering the distortion of permanence by reflecting on death. Chapters 1-8 of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way explain the stages of the path dependent on conventional truths.

  • Introduction and overview of the text 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way by Aryadeva
  • Aryadeva’s biography
  • The importance of contemplating death

01 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Introduction and Verse 1 (download)

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