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Chapter 8: Verses 195-196

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.

  • How the Buddha gives different teachings on the nature of existence to beings of different dispositions
  • A stimulating discussion on how to meditate on emptiness
  • The importance of hearing, thinking, and meditating on emptiness

43 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 195-196 (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.