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Chapter 8: Verses 192-194

Chapter 8: Verses 192-194

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.

  • The meaning and purpose of the verses before teachings requesting teachings
  • How the Buddha teaches according to the dispositions and needs of disciples
  • Importance of giving and accumulating merit
  • Teaching emptiness to those who are not prepared can be damaging to the student
  • Sentient beings need to understand how things work conventionally before they can understand emptiness

42 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 192-194 (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.