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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 24-34

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 24-34

Teachings on Dharmaraksita’s The Wheel-Weapon Mind Training at the Fall 2004 Manjushri Retreat at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, September 10-19, 2004.

Verse 24

  • Companions not getting along
  • Maintaining good character wherever we are
  • Not having ulterior motives
  • Being a pleasant person

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Verse 25

  • Harboring evil intention towards others
  • Others appearing as enemies to us

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Verse 26

  • Misusing possessions
  • Having chronic disease

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Verse 27

Breaking our vows and precepts causes sudden acute health problems. Avoid breaking even basic commitments.

  • Having sudden acute health problem

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Verses 28-29

  • Obscurations in our minds
    • Misguided actions like choosing worldly things instead of Dharma
    • Disrespecting teachers and text
  • Finding Dharma teachings hard to understand
  • Falling asleep or being slothful during Dharma practice

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Verse 30

  • Meditating on death and impermanence, disadvantages of cyclic existence
  • Be disenchanted by samsaric pleasures
  • Find true, enduring happiness from Dharma
  • Delighting in afflictions and greatly distracted

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Verses 31-32

  • Not living in the laws of cause and effect, one regresses
  • For pujas and prayers to be effective, one must have good karma
  • Things get worse instead of better
  • Relying on forces of darkness

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Verse 33

  • Prayers to Three Jewels remain ineffectual
  • If we invest our lives in creating the causes of goodness, goodness will come

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Verse 34

  • Vanquish negative conceptions
  • Unless we have created the karma to be harmed, we will not be harmed

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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.