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Chapter 8: Thoroughly preparing the student

Verses 177-178

Showing the methods of training the student’s mindstream to make it receptive to a spiritual path. The teachings on Chapter 8 begin at the end of the last talk in Chapter 7, given on November 14, 2013.

  • How the afflictions can be abandoned because the objects of afflictions do not truly exist and the causes of the afflictions do not truly exist
  • How to contemplate these reasonings to aid in abandoning the afflictions

29 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 177-178 (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.