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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 50-62

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 50-62

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

Verses 50-52

  • Anthropomorphizing self-grasping ignorance and self-cherishing as crazy demons that cause suffering
  • Invoking Yamantaka

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Verses 53-55

  • Destroy the ego mind, asking Yamantaka to release one from delusions and cut the tangled knot of grasping
  • Wrathful energy directed at the internal enemy

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Verses 56-57

  • We want happiness but do not want to create the cause for it
  • Feeling of entitlement but no endurance for hardship
  • Wanting immediate results for everything we do
  • Not having a long term view, a hindrance to our practice

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Verses 58-59

  • Eager to make new friends but not sincere
  • Skill at flattery and innuendo
  • Chain of miserliness is the self-centered thought

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Verses 60-62

  • Mind creates obstacles for itself
  • Blowing our own trumpet
  • Dharma student-teacher relationship
  • Behavior of student and teacher

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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.