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.
- 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