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Chapter 15: Verses 369-375

Chapter 15: Verses 369-375

Refuting the inherent existence of production, duration and disintegration, the characteristics of products. Part of a series of talks on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

  • The meaning of mindfulness and living in the present moment
  • Refuting that a thing that exists by it’s own nature is what is in the process of arising
  • What can you point to that is in the process of arising?
  • What has not arisen and what has already arisen cannot be what is in the process of arising
  • If a future object is permanent and non-existent, how does the future object come into being?
  • Dependently arising activities are like a magician’s illusions
  • Chapter summary

97 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 369-375 (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.