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Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Verses 111-113

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

Verse 111

  • Examining the feeling of “me” and how the “I” exists
  • Analyzing karma and its effects
  • Results of karma are not inherently existent

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 111-113, Part 1 (download)

Verses 112-113

  • Drops of water filling a vase
  • How karma ripens, many causes and conditions
  • Seeing things in relationship to each other
  • Even though happiness and sadness are empty, we experience them

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 111-113, Part 2 (download)

Questions and answers

  • We label ‘continuum’ on a series of things that have some relationship with cause and effect to each other
  • Karma mainly ripens in the aggregate of feeling. Is there an aggregate which mainly causes it?
  • Karma is being created all the time
  • Use of syllogisms

Wheel of Sharp Weapons (expanded): Verses 111-113, Part 3 (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.