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Chapter 12: Verses 284-290

Chapter 12: Verses 284-290

The teachings on Chapter 12 of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way refute wrong views on the nature of reality.

  • Why some fear the teachings on emptiness and others do not
  • Why the teachings on emptiness should be taught to those who minds are prepared to hear them
  • It is good that there are many religions that will lead others to kindness, compassion, and virtue
  • The profound teachings on emptiness are not taught to shoot down others’ views, but to lead one to liberation

71 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 284-290 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.