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Chapter 14: Verses 345-347

Chapter 14: Verses 345-347

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.

  • Refuting non-Buddhist views of inherent existence
  • Refuting inherent existence by applying the reasoning that negates the four possibilities—existence, non-existence, both and neither
  • Comparing the snake and rope analogy to the aggregates and the self
  • Misapprehending the continuum as permanent and the composite as a truly existent entity

91 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 345-347 (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.