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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 7-10

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

  • Helpless transmigrators going from life to life under control of afflictions and karma
  • The knot of our own self-grasping
  • Correct and incorrect ways of “taking care of ourselves”
  • Embracing hardships for the sake of others
  • How well acquainted we are with our afflictions
  • Seeing living beings as karmic bubbles instead of solid and inherently existent
  • Taking and giving meditation
  • Wasting energy on “poor me”
  • Karma and its effects

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 7-10 (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.