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Chapter 8: Verses 197-200

Chapter 8: Verses 197-200

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.

  • Commentary on a teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the relationship between realizing emptiness and generating bodhicitta
  • The rarity of the causes and conditions for nirvana to come together, and why the end of afflictions is possible

45 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 197-200 (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.