Chapter 4: Verses 90–100

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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 for listening to the teachings

  • Understanding the compatibility of method and wisdom and cultivating them as a path to attain buddhahood
  • Bodhisattvas combine the virtues of reality and conventionality to attain buddhahood
  • Definition of conventionality and reality
  • How ultimate truth and conventional truth are compatible
  • How establishing the two truths as compatible overcomes all the afflictions
  • How practicing the path based on both method and wisdom helps us attain Form and Wisdom bodies of a Buddha

Verses 90–100

  • Refuting that following social treatises makes the people happy
  • Violence towards enemies is not a Dharma practice
  • Refuting that dying in battle is a cause for good rebirth
  • Why a king should not be proud as a guardian of his people
  • Refuting appropriateness of harsh punishment
  • Refuting arrogance because of being a king’s son
  • Lack of innate division between people
  • Refuting the inherent existence of social classes
  • Refuting the appropriateness of pride because of power and possessions
12 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 07-15-13

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