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Chapter 6: Abandoning disturbing emotions

Verses 126-130

Antidotes to the disturbing emotions that steal our happiness and lead only to suffering. Venerable Thubten Chodron gave additional talks on this chapter of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way at the Kurukulla Center in Boston, Massachusetts, from March 29-30, 2014.

  • Recognizing that desire and anger neither bring us what we like nor protect us, but actually cause suffering
  • Confusion nurtures attachment and anger
  • Ascetic practices will not eliminate the afflictions; specific antidotes must be used:

18 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 126-130 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.