Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 1-6

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

  • Introduction to the text1
  • Explanation of Yamantaka, the wrathful form of Manjushri
  • Peacocks as a symbol for bodhisattvas
  • How we differ from bodhisattvas
  • How we suffer, how bodhisattvas end suffering
  • How bodhisattvas use the afflictions on the path
    • Keeping our vows
    • Living simply
  • How bodhisattvas transform poison

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 1-6 (download)

  1. The translation of the text is by Thubten Jinpa and appears in Mind Training: The Great Collection, but the verses on this site are numbered according to Peacock in the Poison Grove by Geshe Lhundub Sopa. Some verse numbers cited in the teachings are wrong due to mistakes in the text used at the time. 

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