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Chapter 7: Verses 158-165

Chapter 7: Verses 158-165

The teachings on Chapter 7 of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way explore the reasons and methods for giving up attachment to the fleeting pleasures of cyclic existence.

  • The reasonings used to abandon wasted effort at getting the objects of attachment, which will effortlessly disintegrate
  • How to view precious human rebirths as temporary steps to liberation and not to seek them for continued worldly pleasure

26 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 158-165 (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.