An introduction to the lojong teachings and a brief overview of the Buddhist worldview as a foundation to this series of teachings.
Series: Wheel of Sharp Weapons (Expanded Commentary)
The opening verses describe the symbolism in the text, bodhisattvas and how we differ from them, how we suffer and how bodhisattvas end suffering.
These verses describe how well acquainted we are with our afflictions and how to begin to untie the solid knot of our own self-grasping and ignorance.
How mental suffering is a result of suffering inflicted on others, and bearing hardships that we face gracefully, seeing it as purification.
These verses consider the results of difficult relationships with spiritual mentors and trace them back to the causes. Practicing tonglen with each verse.
These verses cover the causes of such results as disappointment from our spiritual mentors and difficulty in relationships,
When others turn on us, friends become enemies, when we become sick, looking at the causes for various types of results and transforming our attitudes.
The results of not respecting the monastic sangha and the Dharma texts, and not meditating on impermanence and the defects of cyclic existence.
Verses describing the causes of karmic results such as interferences with understanding the teachings and having no freedom to improve our situation.
A look at the karmic causes of difficulties in our practice or difficulties overcoming the afflictions even when we apply the antidotes.