Chapter 13: Verse 301

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Part of a series of teachings on Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way given on an annual basis at Sravasti Abbey by Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe beginning in 2013.

Motivation from Je Tsongkhapa

This life of leisure is even more precious than a wish-granting jewel;
That I have found such an existence is only this once;
So hard to find yet like a flash of lightning it is easy to vanish;
Contemplating this situation, it’s vital to realize that all mundane pursuits
Are like the empty grain husks floating in the winds
And that we must extract the essence of human existence.
I, a yogi, have practiced in this manner;
You, who aspire for liberation, too should do likewise.

  • Using the opportunity of our precious human life to realize the lack of inherent existence of the self
  • Highest bodhicitta motivation to listen to, reflect upon, and put into practice the teachings given by Aryadeva
  • Refuting inherent existence of the sense objects
  • Object of negation: that which exists essentially, intrinsically, autonomously, without depending on other
  • Refuting that a sense consciousness directly perceives a pot existing from its own side
44 Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe Verses 301-306 10-18-17

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