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Chapter 8: Verses 179-183

Chapter 8: Verses 179-183

The teachings on Chapter 8 of Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way show the methods of training the student’s mindstream to make it receptive to a spiritual path.

  • Why mental afflictions can be abandoned, and the importance of meditating on emptiness to eliminate them
  • Why even a doubt that things don’t exist as they appear has great benefit
  • The importance of correctly understanding how samsara arises, and refuting the three wrong views of how it arises

37 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 179-183 (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.