Chapter 2: Verses 26 – 35

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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.

Questions and answers

  • Summary of the benefits of meditation on death and impermanence
  • Practices at the time of death
  • Helping others to die peacefully
  • Rebirth in a desire god realm and Dharma practice
  • “Separating from home and family” in the context of Buddhist practice
  • Verse 25 and meditation on subtle impermanence undermining attachment to “I” and “mine”

Verses 26-35

  • How to meditate on the suffering nature of the body and eliminate strong attachment
  • We need to take care of our health if we want to accumulate merit but we shouldn’t indulge or get excessively attached to our body
  • How we create causes for suffering while looking for pleasure and comfort
  • Even a comfortable body is a container of suffering so valuing it is just like valuing a foe
  • The body will not become a natural source of pleasure no matter how much time and money we spend
  • Physical and mental suffering cannot be overcome even by great pleasure
  • Pleasure is less common sensation to our body than pain
04 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 07-10-13

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