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Chapter 1: Verses 11-24

Chapter 1: Verses 11-24

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.

  • Grieving for the loss of those to whom we are attached, not wanting to separate from loved ones and attachment to the continuity of this life
  • How practicing the Dharma will be of greater benefit to ourselves and our loved ones

04 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 11-24 (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.