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Chapter 10: Refuting misconceptions of the self

Verses 227-235

These teachings refute truly existent phenomena as well as the self. The teachings on Chapter 10 of Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way begin at the end of the last talk in Chapter 9, given on May 22, 2014.

  • Refuting non-Buddhist assertions of a permanent self
  • Refuting a permanent self that is male or female and a permanent self that becomes liberated
  • If there is no permanent self, how can there be memory of previous events or past lives?

56 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 227-235 (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.