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Chapter 3: Verses 64-72

Chapter 3: Verses 64-72

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.

  • Refuting the belief that the body is clean and an appropriate object of desire
  • Why there is resistance to hearing how the body is a bag of filth and impure
  • Seeing the body as beautiful and the most wonderful thing leads to destructive actions just to get a morsel of sexual pleasure

09 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 64-72 (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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