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Chapter 11: Verses 263-265

Chapter 11: Verses 263-265

The teachings on Chapter 11 of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way refute truly existent functional phenomena by refuting truly existent time.

  • The kindness of the Buddha and all the practitioners who have kept the teachings alive for 2,600 years
  • The importance of faith based on reason
  • What it means for something to be truly existent
  • Refuting lower Buddhist schools’ view of a substantially existent future

65 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 263-265 (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.