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Chapter 6: Verses 131-135

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.

  • The afflictions of desire and anger steal happiness and lead to future suffering
  • What causes desire and anger to arise, how they affect the mind and lead to negative actions
  • How the Prasangika Madhyamaka school and the lower tenet systems differ in their view of ignorance and the afflictions

19 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 131-135 (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.