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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 43-45

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

  • Being taken advantage of
  • Decreasing our selfishness, arrogance, and greed
  • Freeing the mind from discriminations: “I like this, I need that”
  • Rejoicing in others’ good fortune and circumstances
  • Attachment and anger in regards to teachings or studies
  • The “devil” of our self-centeredness
  • Letting go of the self-centered thought
  • When the good we do turns out badly
  • Avoiding self-pity or self-righteousness
  • Repaying others’ kindness with gratitude

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 43-45 (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.