Chapter 4: Verses 85–89

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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 citing Chandrakirti’s Homage to Great Compassion from Madhyamakavatara

  • How attachment to the I and mine is based on misconception of the truly existent self
  • Self exists as a dependent arising, in term and concept imputed on the basis of designationbody and mind
  • Compassion that sees beings wandering helplessly in samsara clinging to the self misapprehended as truly existing
  • Compassion as a response to seeing beings that believe in own permanence
  • Compassion that sees beings under the influence of belief in self-existence

Verses 85–89

  • Why it is inappropriate for a leader to be arrogant because of being the guardian of the people
  • Refuting that punishment of the unruly by a leader is a virtuous action
  • Refuting that protecting the people by punishment of the unruly is a religious practice
  • Refuting that protecting the people out of attachment is a religious practice
  • Violent actions as a source of pride and recklessness
  • Why not everything stated in the social treatises is valid

Questions and answers

  • Compounded and uncompounded phenomena
  • Visualization of the world without attachment and hatred
11 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 07-14-13

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