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Chapter 8: Self and emptiness

Questions and answers

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.

  • What the self-centered thought is and how it relates to the self-sufficient substantially existent person and the inherently existent person
  • Explanation of a passage from The Meaning of Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on how self-grasping ignorance produces afflictions
  • Two levels of self-centeredness and the difference between grasping at “I” and “mine”

44 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Self and emptiness (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.