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Chapter 10: Verses 229–237

Chapter 10: Verses 229–237

Part of a series of teachings on Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way given on an annual basis by Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe from 2013-2017.

Refuting the self imputed by the Vaisheshika school

  • Refuting that a permanent self is the cause of entering and leaving cyclic existence
  • Refuting a permanent self that can move the body
  • Contradiction between teaching non-violence and impossibility to harm a permanent self
  • Memory of past lives is an unsuitable proof of a permanent self
  • Unfeasibility of mindless matter (self) remembering past rebirths
  • Why remembering past rebirths does not entail permanence of a self

Refuting the self imputed by the Samkhya school

  • Unacceptability of asserting a permanent conscious person
  • Fallacy of a permanent conscious person constantly experiencing an object
  • Unacceptable assertion that the permanent conscious person’s nature changes from actual consciousness first to potential consciousness

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe was born in 1930 in Lhokha, Central Tibet and became a monk at the age of 13. After completing his studies at Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1969, he was awarded Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree in the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is an emeritus professor at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies and an eminent scholar of both Madhyamaka and Indian Buddhist studies. His works include Hindi translations of The Essence of Good Explanation of Definitive and Interpretable Meanings by Lama Tsongkhapa and Kamalasila's commentary on the Rice Seedling Sutra. His own commentary, The Rice Seedling Sutra: Buddha’s Teachings on Dependent Arising, was translated into English by Joshua and Diana Cutler and published by Wisdom Publications. Geshela has facilitated many research works, such as a complete translation of Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, a major project undertaken by the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey where he teaches regularly.