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Chapters 9-10: Verses 224-226

Chapters 9-10: Verses 224-226

The teachings on Chapter 9 of Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way refute true existence by refuting unchanging, functioning phenomena.

  • There is a strong feeling of a personal self that is important and precious, but when investigated it can’t be found
  • There is no causeless, permanent self after liberation
  • Commentary on the summarizing stanza
  • Beginning of Chapter 10

55 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 224-226 (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.