Four Hundred Verses

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Aryadeva

Four Hundred Verses (Skt. Catuḥśataka; Wyl. bzhi brgya pa) - an important Madhyamika treatise by Aryadeva.

Outlines

The text has 16 chapters:

  1. rtag par 'dzin pa spang ba'i thabs
  2. bde bar 'dzin pa spang ba'i thabs
  3. gtsang bar 'dzin pa phyin ci log spang ba'i thabs
  4. bdag tu 'dzin pa spang ba'i thabs
  5. byang chub sems dpa'i spyod pa
  6. nyon mongs pa spang ba'i thabs
  7. me nyid kyis 'dod pa'i longs spyod la zhen pa spang ba'i thabs
  8. slob ma yongs su sbyang ba
  9. dngos po rtag pa dgag pa bsgom pa
  10. bdag dgag pa bsgom pa
  11. dus dgag pa bsgom pa
  12. lta ba dgag pa bsgom pa
  13. dbang po dang don dgag pa bsgom pa
  14. mthar 'dzin pa dgag pa bsgom pa
  15. 'dus byas kyi don dgag pa bsgom pa
  16. slob dpon dang slob ma rnam par gtan la dbab pa

Commentaries

Indian

Chandrakirti wrote a commentary called simply Commentary on the Four Hundred Verses on the Yogic Deeds of Bodhisattvas (byang chub sems dpa'i rnal 'byor spyod pa bzhi brgya pa'i rgya cher 'grel pa)

Tibetan

Many Tibetan masters wrote commentaries on this text, including: Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, Pöpa Tulku Dongak Tenpé Nyima, Rendawa Shyönnu Lodrö, Gyaltsab Darma Rinchen and Khenpo Shenga.

Translations

  • Ruth Sonam, Yogic Deeds of Bodhisattvas: Gyel-tsap on Aryadeva's Four Hundred, Snow Lion, 1994
  • Karen Lang, Aryadeva's Catuhsataka: On the Bodhisattva's Cultivation of Merit and Knowledge. Copenhaven: Akademisk Forlag, 1986