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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 56-59

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 56-59

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

  • The real enemies: the self-centered thought and self-grasping ignorance
  • Other living beings have been kind to us; we couldn’t exist without them
  • Invoking Yamantaka, one of the wrathful deities, to totally demolish our ignorance and our self-centeredness
  • How we continually seek happiness where it can’t be found
  • Enduring hardship in Dharma practice
  • High expectations and completed tasks we’ve committed to
  • Forming meaningful friendships and relationships
  • Five wrong livelihoods

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 56-59 (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.