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Chapter 8: Verses 183-184

Chapter 8: Verses 183-184

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 we need to learn how cyclic existence comes into existence, and not just study emptiness
  • Commentary on the three misconceptions of how phenomena come into existence
  • How emptiness does not mean non-existence, and how the view of dependent arising prevents the misconception of nihilism

38 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 183-184 (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.