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Chapter 4: Verses 93-100

Chapter 4: Verses 93-100

The teachings on Chapter 4 of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way focus on recognizing pride, contemplating its disadvantages, and learning its antidotes.

  • It is inappropriate to have pride even when one is from an upper class, is a leader, or has power or wealth
  • Being a leader often leads to harming others and creating the causes for future suffering
  • Comparing arrogance and self-confidence; one is a hindrance and the other necessary for spiritual development

13 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 93-100 (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.