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Chapter 8: Verses 188-190

Chapter 8: Verses 188-190

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.

  • A letter from an inmate who is sincerely working to apply the Dharma in prison
  • Why emptiness is not taught at the outset but after gradually teaching the Dharma so the student’s mind is prepared
  • How to meditate on the selflessness of persons with the 20 views of grasping at a personal identity

40 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 188-190 (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.