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Chapters 8-9: Verses 200-201

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 quote in the text from Buddhapalita on the three kinds of compassion
  • Explanation of the summarizing verse of the chapter on renunciation, dependent arising, and what it means to “make yourself a suitable vessel”
  • Beginning of Chapter 9: Refuting permanent functional phenomena

46 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 200-201 (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.