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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 34-37

A multi-part course based on Open Heart, Clear Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from April 2007 to December 2008. You can also study the book in depth through the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) online learning program.

  • Wrong views and misconceptions hindering our understanding1
  • The four distortions
  • Using clear appearance and divine identity to counteract negative self views
  • Feeling lost and powerless
  • Weather and environmental calamities
  • Importance of taking and keeping precepts, and going slowly in doing so
  • Feeling greedy and bereft of material wealth
  • Looking at all hardships simply as results of our own past actions ripening on us now
  • Giving charity and making offerings to the Three Jewels

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 34-37 (download)


  1. A numbering error occurred in the text used in the teaching, so some of the verse numbers are incorrect in the audio. The verses numbered on this site are the correct ones. 

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Albert Gerome Ramos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has been incarcerated since 2005 and is currently enrolled in the North Carolina Field Minister Program. Upon graduation he plans to start programs that help incarcerated people with mental health issues, drug dependency, and those who struggle from childhood trauma. He is the author of the children's book Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness.