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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 105-107

Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 105-107

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

Verses 105-106

  • How things appear but when we search for them, they elude us
  • It seems like the self-grasping ignorance is real and solid, but it also just exists on the appearance level
  • Beginning to see that all the suffering we’ve been through has simply been created by our mind
  • How the person who grasps at true existence and the person who grasps at nihilism have such a similar way of thinking

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded) review: Verses 105-106 (download)

Verse 107

  • How karma can function if things are empty of inherent existent
  • The example of the reflection of the moon in a lake
  • All the situations that we find ourselves in are influenced by our previous karma
  • Dependent arising and emptiness are two sides of the same coin
  • The more we can train ourselves to see things as dependent arising, the less self-grasping we’re going to have

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verse 107 and Q&A (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.