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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 101-104

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 101-104

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

  • Remembering the lower realms
  • Eliminating our self-centeredness and ignorance in order to reach out to others
  • Wishing the beings in the lower realms to be free of suffering
  • The difference between compassion and personal distress
  • Wanting to benefit others by teaching them
  • Equalizing and exchanging self and others
  • Considering the beings in the upper realms
  • Meditation on selflessness
  • Dependent arising and selflessness

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 101-104 (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.