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
- 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