Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Introduction and Verses 1-14

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


  • How to transform difficulties into the path
  • How to practice the Dharma in real life
  • The importance of strengthening our mind until we are well trained
  • Background of the teaching and its author

Wheel of Sharp Weapons 01 (download)

Verses 1-5

  • Giving suffering to self-centered thought
  • How the bodhisattva practices can transform afflictions into the path
  • Importance of working on strengthening our mind until we are well trained

Wheel of Sharp Weapons 02 (download)

Verses 6-7

  • Contrasting the different motivation between bodhisattvas and ordinary beings living in cyclic existence
  • Bodhisattva’s motivation to stay in the world
  • Self-grasping and self-centeredness

Wheel of Sharp Weapons 03 (download)

Verses 8-10

  • Smother self-centeredness
  • Working on self-interest and relish painful experience
  • Dealing with sickness

Wheel of Sharp Weapons 04 (download)

Verse 11

  • Causes of mental suffering
  • Transforming our experiences by understanding them as results of karma

Wheel of Sharp Weapons 05 (download)

Verses 12-14

  • Karmic cause of hunger and thirst
  • Taking advantage of the weak
  • How we use our speech
  • By understanding karma, we fear negative actions

Wheel of Sharp Weapons 06 (download)


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