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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 64-66

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 64-66

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

  • In the emptiness meditation, the difficulty of getting a feeling for the negated object
  • Our relationship between leaders and followers
  • When we’re a teacher, having our students turn on us
  • Not having too many expectations of sentient beings
  • Tight-rope walk of trusting others to do what they say they’ll do, but not having too many expectations
  • Putting our trust in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha because they are infallible in the sense that the Dharma is the completely pure path
  • Not seeking position and recognition, but instead devoting ourselves to practice
  • Surrendering our self-centeredness
  • Having miraculous powers is not necessarily a sign that somebody is spiritually realized
  • When we have a genuine realization of emptiness, our respect for karma and its results becomes even deeper

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 64-66 (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.