Chapters 7-8: Verses 171-177

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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 the Lalitavistara Sūtra

The three worlds are as impermanent as autumn clouds.
The birth and death of beings resembles scenes in a play.
The transient lives of beings are like lightning in the sky,
Rushing by quickly like a fast-flowing mountain stream.

Verses 171-177

  • Repudiating accumulation of constructive karma for the sake of attractive objects, power, and wealth
  • Repudiating accumulation of destructive actions
  • Explaining the need to abandon contaminated karma
  • How the Buddha showed us how we have to give up our craving for cyclic existence and practice the Dharma
  • Why disturbing emotions can be abandoned and showing how it is possible to do so
  • Since attachment has no inherently existent focal object, we can eliminate attachment
23 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe 09-04-14

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