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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 29-33

An expanded commentary on Dharmarakshita's The Wheel of Sharp Weapons given at Sravasti Abbey from 2004-2006.

  • Not respecting the sangha or the Dharma texts
  • Looking after the things that we value
  • Undergoing hardship for the sake of the Dharma
  • Getting distracted by the afflictions
  • Wrong motivations for Dharma practice
  • Importance of thinking about impermanence and death
  • Continuing to regress despite all efforts
  • Taking karma and its results seriously
  • “Faith” in Buddhism

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 29-33 (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.