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Chapters 7-8: Verses 173-176

Chapters 7-8: Verses 173-176

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 need to abandon attachment to samsaric pleasures
  • How to counteract attachment to seemingly attractive objects by meditating on their disadvantages and inability to give any lasting happiness
  • Seeking lasting happiness through liberation from cyclic existence
  • Beginning of Chapter 8

28 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 173-176 (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.