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Chapter 1: Verses 1-10

Chapter 1: Verses 1-10

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. This talk was given at Kadampa Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • The benefits of reflection on death
  • Refuting the misconception of permanence and how to contemplate death with wisdom

02 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 1-10 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.