Chapter 8: Verses 178-184

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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.

  • Causes giving rise to disturbing emotions do not exist by their own entity but are imputed by conceptuality
  • Disturbing emotions can be abandoned because we are not inherently bound to their object
  • Simply entertaining the positive doubt regarding the conventional and ultimate truth “tears to tatters worldly existence”
  • Advice to take an interest in the meaning of emptiness
  • Showing the need to understand emptiness in order to attain liberation
  • Showing the means to generate renunciation of cyclic existence
  • Giving up fear of emptiness by understanding that things exist conventionally

Questions and answers

  • Is Verse 136 saying that we get our first inferential understanding of emptiness by generating a multitude of experiences whereby we invalidate existence by way of a thing’s own entity?
  • Who or what enables us to make the decision to engage in virtue?
24 Aryradeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 09-04-14

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