Chapter 1: Verses 9-16

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Part of a series of teachings on Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way given on an annual basis at Sravasti Abbey by Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe beginning in 2013.

Questions and answers

  • What is the best way of reflecting on death? What makes it seem real and likely?
  • How does one develop realization of gross and subtle impermanence?
  • How seeing that which is impure as pure is also referred to as seeing that which is empty as not empty of pure self?
  • How can we practice mindfulness of death in every moment when we are so busy with our life?
  • How can work with the dying people affect our mind and practice?

On coarse and subtle impermanence

  • Unsuitability of doing unethical action to save one’s life
  • Since life is constantly in a state of change, we shouldn’t get attached to it but meditate on subtle impermanence
  • If we would like to live long we should also accept getting old
  • Why focusing attention only on grief for others’ deaths while not thinking about own impermanence is inappropriate
  • Why is grief not helpful?
  • How equanimity is more reasonable attitude than extreme attachment to our loved ones
  • 02 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 07-09-13

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