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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 38-42

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 38-42

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

  • Patience when constructing sacred images
  • Anger as the cause for having an unattractive body
  • A mind overcome with attachment and anger, despite all efforts to apply antidotes
  • The importance of counteracting the afflictions when they arise, not letting them become ossified
  • Watching our motivation for Dharma practice
  • Digging up the self-centered thought, the “I,” from the roots
  • Encountering difficulties in practice
  • Avoiding the lure of the eight worldly concerns

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 38-42 (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.