Chapter 3: Verses 51-66

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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.

Verses 51-66

  • Why the exertion to satisfy our body with sensual pleasures is fruitless
  • We are not only never satisfied by sensual pleasures but our attachment keeps growing
  • It is inappropriate to desire someone who is physically attractive or has good qualities, even if we think these qualities are hard to find
  • Inappropriateness of having desire for someone attached to us
  • How social conventions encourage us to indulge in sensual pleasures since young age
  • Why people distracted by desire cannot find happiness
  • Desire is not pleasurable by nature; otherwise, we wouldn’t constantly seek sensual gratification
  • Refuting that people’s physical and verbal behavior is pleasurable
  • Desire is not pleasurable because it gives rise to jealousy and possessiveness

Questions and answers

  • Can aspects of the Cittamatra view be used to develop an awareness of emptiness in daily life?
  • Middle Way and the duality of pleasure and suffering
  • Meditation to reduce attachment to food
  • How aspirational prayers work
  • How the practice of six paramitas changes along the path and how bodhisattvas practice wisdom and concentration
08 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 07-12-13

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