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Chapter 8: Verses 176-178

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.

  • Explanation that the afflictions can be abandoned because their objects don’t exist from their own side, and because the afflictions don’t exist from their own side
  • The importance of reflecting on how we are constantly transfixed by sense objects, how they control us, and the faults of our attachment to them

36 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 176-178 (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.