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Chapter 7: Verses 166-172

Chapter 7: Verses 166-172

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.

  • Reasonings used to abandon attachment to upper rebirth, possessions, power, and wealth, which spur actions that result in unsatisfactory circumstances
  • Developing internal qualities that can lead to a stable, long-lasting state of internal peace that temporary worldly pleasures cannot bring

27 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 166-172 (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.