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Chapter 16: Verses 395-400

Chapter 16: Verses 395-400

Refuting remaining misconceptions of inherent existence and emptiness. Part of a series of talks on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

  • Refuting that things are not empty because the reasons establishing emptiness are truly existent
  • The purpose of teaching emptiness
  • Showing that conceptions of the two extremes—nihilism and absolutism—are erroneous
  • Colophon and concluding dedication verse
  • A permanent thing is a negation

100 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 395-400 (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.