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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Introduction

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Introduction

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

  • Venerable Thubten Chodron’s connection with the text
  • Background teaching on samsara, liberation, and karma
    • The importance of some understanding of what cyclic existence is
    • Grasping at the “I”
    • The 12 links and cyclic existence
    • How the mind creates suffering
  • Living in the here and now: the eight worldly concerns
  • Dharma mind versus non-Dharma mind

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Introduction (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.