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Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007
Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

25 number of lessons in high quality MP3

Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007
Lesson 1: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 1: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 1 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche gives a brief ‘orientation’ of the Buddhist path. He also sets the tone for the teaching on Wheel of Sharp Weapons by explaining what bodhimind is, and what the result is that we are looking for in Buddhism.

Lesson 2: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 2: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 2 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains more about bodhimind. He also explains the different levels of compassion, and how love is the cause of compassion. The meaning of the word Lojong is also discussed.

Lesson 3: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 3: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 3 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche sets our motivation for listening to the teachings on Wheel of Sharp Weapons. He shows us how to appreciate our life and realise that there is no one who cannot become Buddha.

Lesson 4: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 4: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 4 of 25

How do we use life towards our goal of Buddhahood? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche continues setting our motivation by helping us realise that our life is wonderful, but impermanent. He also explains the importance of Bodhimind.

Lesson 5: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 5: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 5 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche begins explaining the root text by beginning with the Homage to the Three Jewels. Rimpoche explains the first two verses of the root text, and begins to explain how to embrace suffering.

Lesson 6: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 6: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 6 of 25

What makes us a coward? What makes us a hero? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verses 3, 4, and 5 of the root text. Using the example of attachment, Rimpoche tells us how to begin to transform our negative emotions into elixir.

Lesson 7: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 7: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 7 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verses 6 through 9 of the root text. He explains how we are wandering helplessly in samsara, with no control over what happens to us. Rimpoche explains how ‘lojong’, or ‘mind training,’ teaches us to take on suffering, instead of wishing it on others.

Lesson 8: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 8: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 8 of 25

Why are we so sad? Why are we unhappy? Here is the answer. In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche quickly goes through verses 10 - 21. He teaches us how we can deal with the pain of losing a loved one.

Lesson 9: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 9: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 9 of 25

Do we act one way in front of our Gurus and another way when we are alone? Does the end really justify the means? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verses 21 to 24 of the root text. He teaches us how to function better in society, and how to properly interact with others.

Lesson 10: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 10: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 10 of 25

What is the result of misusing wealth and offerings of others? Why do we always get tired when we try to read a dharma text, or sit down and meditate? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verses 25 through 28 of the root text.

Lesson 11: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 11: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 11 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verse 29 of the root text. He explains what causes us to be distracted, and helps us realise that Samsara is not a nice place to be.

Lesson 12: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 12: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 12 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains what faith is, and why it is necessary. He also explains why, although we may try to meditate and do practices, nothing happens, and we get worse and worse. Verses 30 through 32 are explained.

Lesson 13: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 13: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 13 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche goes through verses 33 - 36 of the root text. He explains how generosity is the cause of wealth, and how lack of mindfulness can cause hatred and obsession to grow stronger.

Lesson 14: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 14: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 14 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche sets our motivation for listening to teachings on Wheel of Sharp Weapons, he reviews the main points of the teaching so far, in a guided-meditation style talk.

Lesson 15: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 15: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 15 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche expounds on verses 39 and 40 of the root text. He explains how our main focus should be on Lamrim, rather than Tantric Sadhanas, and how to go about our practice of the Dharma.

Lesson 16: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 16: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 16 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains the consequences of regret while doing spiritual practice. He also explains why sometimes teaching and studying results in attachment and hatred; and touches on the consequences of not acknowledging kindness of others.

Lesson 17: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 17: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 17 of 25

How do we use anger and hatred on the path? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains the difference between ‘self-cherishing’ and ‘self-grasping.’ He teaches us how to request Yamantaka to wrathfully destroy our self-cherishing.

Lesson 18: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 18: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 18 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche continues with vs. 50 - 51 in the root text. He explains the difference between a mantra and a dharani, and teaches about the ‘spell’ of exchanging self and others.

Lesson 19: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 19: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 19 of 25

What is the controller of self-cherishing? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verse 52 of the root text. He also explains to us what Yamantaka is.

Lesson 20: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 20: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 20 of 25

We want quick results, but we do not want to do the work for it. We want everything now. Continuing with the root text, in this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains how to remedy this and how to finish things that we start.

Lesson 21: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 21: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 21 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains vs. 66 - 69 of the root text. He teaches us how to properly point out faults to our friends, and how to give all your benefits and gains to others – the opposite of how we normally function.

Lesson 22: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 22: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 22 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains vs. 83 - 92 of the root text. He explains what the demons within the individual are, as well as the faults of ego-grasping and self-cherishing.

Lesson 23: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 23: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 23 of 25

What will happen to me if I take on the sufferings of others? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verses 93 - 102. He explains what ‘21st century American tong len’ is, and explains how to start tong len by taking on our own future sufferings. He also explains how to dedicate our virtues from tong len practice.

Lesson 24: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 24: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 24 of 25

What is the reality of emptiness? How do we exist? In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche explains verses 103 - 107. He explains absolute bodhimind – absolute reality; as well as relative bodhimind – relative reality. He also answers the question of whether or not we can change karma.

Lesson 24: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson 24: Wheel of Sharp Weapons Labor Day Retreat 2007

Lesson Number 25 of 25

In this lesson, Gelek Rimpoche finishes the root text by teaching how it directly affects our life. He explains what the three wisdoms are, and the meaning of ‘primordial’. He also explains how music relieves suffering. The teaching ends with a brief dedication and explanation of the Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony.