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Chapters 3-4: Verses 73-77

Chapters 3-4: Verses 73-77

Chapter 3 of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way focuses on overcoming the distortion of seeing the impure and foul body as pure and clean.

  • All attempts to clean, beautify, and cover up the foulness of the body do not make it an appropriate object of desire; the body is still what it is
  • Developing inner happiness rather than searching for happiness in external objects and people
  • Chapter 4: Verses 75 to 77
    • Abandoning gross pride, thinking I am something praiseworthy
    • Wealth, status, health, etc, change all the time
  • Questions and answers
    • Difference between permanent and eternal
    • What is a soul and does it exist?
    • Explanation of mind and mindstream

10 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 73-77 (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.

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