Chapter 1: Verses 1-8

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Part of a series of teachings on Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way given on an annual basis by Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe from 2013-2017.

Motivation from Chandrakirti

  • Taking advantage of leisure and opportunity of the precious human life to practice the Dharma and attain good rebirth, liberation from samsara, or full awakening
  • Three levels of practitioners: cultivating ethical conduct, seeking to be free from cyclic existence, seeking to attain full buddhahood
  • The importance of developing and perfecting the practice of ethical conduct by abstaining from ten non-virtuous deeds and engaging in non-violence

Introduction into Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way aimed at practitioners of great and medium capacity

  • How Chapters 1 through 4 will refute the four erroneous beliefs that things are permanent, pleasurable, pure, and having an inherent nature
  • How we mistake continuity of phenomena for their static and permanent nature

Mindfulness of death and meditation on impermanence

  • Being alive is what leads us towards death
  • Practicing ethical conduct frees us from the fear of death
  • We should be mindful of death because it is common to all
  • Regardless of medical treatment we have for sickness and aging, we cannot cure death
  • Although time of death is uncertain, we should be mindful of death
01 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 07-09-13

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