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Chapter 7: Verses 159-170

Chapter 7: Verses 159-170

Part of a series of teachings on Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way given on an annual basis by Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe from 2013-2017.

  • Why it is necessary to abandon the causes for rebirth in cyclic existence: karma motivated by the afflictions
  • As there can be no real pleasure, it is unreasonable to strive for a nonexistent effect
  • Abandoning attachment to virtuous actions
  • Repudiating the accumulation of karma for the sake of possessions, out of attachment to worldly practices and attractive objects

Questions and answers

  • Reminders of impermanence as an antidote to pride
  • At what level can bodhisattvas direct their rebirth?

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe was born in 1930 in Lhokha, Central Tibet and became a monk at the age of 13. After completing his studies at Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1969, he was awarded Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree in the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is an emeritus professor at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies and an eminent scholar of both Madhyamaka and Indian Buddhist studies. His works include Hindi translations of The Essence of Good Explanation of Definitive and Interpretable Meanings by Lama Tsongkhapa and Kamalasila's commentary on the Rice Seedling Sutra. His own commentary, The Rice Seedling Sutra: Buddha’s Teachings on Dependent Arising, was translated into English by Joshua and Diana Cutler and published by Wisdom Publications. Geshela has facilitated many research works, such as a complete translation of Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, a major project undertaken by the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey where he teaches regularly.