Chapters 5-6: Verses 123–126

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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.

Motivation from Atisha’s Entering into the two Truths

Life is short and many the kinds of knowledge;
Let him who knows not even his own life’s span,
Choose only from his purest desires,
As the goose strains milk from water.

  • Uncertainty of death and importance of setting correct priorities in life and practice
  • Good foundation of ethical discipline, practice of six perfections, and clear aspirational prayers as the cause of a succession of fortunate rebirths, liberation, and full omniscience

Verses 123-126

  • Bodhisattvas can take special physical forms to accomplish the well-being of others
  • Additional comments on attaining the ultimate and the conventional bodhicitta and correlation of these with Buddha bodies
  • The result of doing the bodhisattva deeds
  • Reasons for weak conviction in Mahayana teachings
  • Refuting that tormenting the body with asceticism eliminates negative karma and disturbing emotions
17 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 09-01-14

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