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Wheel of Sharp Weapons – Literal Translation
I make prostration to the Three Rare Supreme Gems. “The Throwing Star Weapon Striking the Vital Point of the Foe.” I make prostration to forceful Yamantaka. (1) In the case of peacocks strutting in jungles of poisonous plants, although medicine gardens have been finely...
Wheel of Sharp Weapons
Overcoming Self-Centeredness and Developing Love: Islam
Introduction His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama emphasizes that religious harmony must be based on education, knowing about each other’s traditions. With thorough knowledge, we can acknowledge the common goals we share, while respecting the differences. In fact, from...
Islam and Buddhism on Overcoming Self-Centeredness and Developing Love
The Preliminaries and Bodhichitta Training
Points 1 and 2 “Lojong” is the Tibetan word usually translated as “mind training,” but I don’t find this translation terribly appropriate, because it seems to imply an exclusively intellectual activity to most people. “Lo” means “attitude” while “jong” means both “to cleanse”...
Commentary on “Seven Point Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin
The Conventional Me, False Me and Eternal Me
Introduction: Examining the Self and “Me” Our topic for this series of talks is the healthy development of the self through the lam-rim graded stages. The “self” is very central to the Buddhist spiritual path. We can see this even when we set our motivation for listening to...
Healthy Development of One’s Self through Lam-rim
Nothing Special about Ourselves or Our Feelings
Introduction Mind training or attitude training, lojong in Tibetan, is a very broad topic that deals with how we experience our life and how we can change our attitudes about what we experience. We all know life is full of ups and downs and usually isn’t very easy. Many things...
Mind Training in Daily Life: Nothing Special
Wheel of Sharp Weapons: History and Structure
Today I’d like to begin our discussion of an important text known as Wheel of Sharp Weapons (mTshon-cha ’khor-lo). I first studied this with one of my teachers in India, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and translated it under his supervision, with Sharpa Rinpoche, Khamlung Rinpoche...
Overview of “Wheel of Sharp Weapons” – Dr. Berzin
Equanimity toward What We’ve Done in Our Lives
Introduction I would like to speak about a problem that is quite typical among Westerners, which is the problem of a negative attitude toward ourselves, low self-esteem. It can go even to the extreme of not only not liking ourselves, but even hating ourselves. It’s very...
Self-Hatred: Equalizing Our Attitudes toward Ourself
Wheel of Sharp Weapons – Poetic Rendering
The name of this work is The Wheel of Sharp Weapons Effectively Striking the Heart of the Foe. I pay heartfelt homage to you, Yamantaka; your wrath is opposed to the Great Lord of Death.  [notes by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey: see below] (1) In jungles of poisonous plants...
Wheel of Sharp Weapons
Cherishing Everyone Equally and Developing Compassion
The Need for an Equal Attitude toward Everyone In order to develop compassion it’s necessary to purify and train the mind and the heart. The definition of compassion is the attitude with which you wish everybody to be free from their problems and unhappiness. The attitude with...
Instructions and Advice on Developing Bodhichitta
Brief Review We started our discussion of the Eight Verses of Mind Training by Langri Tangpa, with the first verse: (1) May I always cherish all limited beings by considering how far superior they are to wish-granting gems for actualizing the supreme aim. We discussed how...
Commentary on “Eight Verses of Mind Training” – Dr. Berzin