Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 102-105 (Review)

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

Verses 102-103

  • Aspiring with the bodhicitta motivation
  • Cyclic existence: being caught under the influence of afflictions and karma
  • Nirvana is the state that’s free of that
  • How false conceptions of inherent existence are vanquished by wisdom

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded) review: Verses 102-103 (download)

Verses 104-105

  • All phenomena originate dependently, nothing exists independently
  • The afflictions are not one solid thing that’s there, there are many moments, many causes
  • Recognizing that our relationships with others also lack inherent existence, are merely labeled
  • Looking at things as like illusions

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded) review: Verses 104-105 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Labeling
  • Projections: when we’re putting something there that’s not there
  • Making plans realistically
  • Seeing the qualities of the enlightened state realistically
  • Seeing others as sentient beings trapped in samsara rather than buying into the façade they present
  • Giving labels, but not confusing the label with the object

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded) review: Q&A (download)

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