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Chapter 14: Verses 335-343

Chapter 14: Verses 335-343

Refuting wrong views on the inherent existence of functional phenomena. Part of a series of talks on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

  • A composite cannot be a truly existent single entity
  • Refuting inherent existence by looking at an object and it’s attributes
  • Refuting truly existent wholes arising from parts
  • There can be no truly existent composite nor truly existent components
  • Refuting inherent existence by examining fire and fuel

89 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 335-343 (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.