Wheel of Sharp Weapons, part 2

Over the past few months I have been studying the ‘Wheel of Sharp Weapons’ by Dharmaraksita. This is part 2 in a series about the text.

In the jungle of samsara there are the poisons of mental afflictions. Geshe Lhundrub Sopa [1] pg.127 states the the poisons include attachment, hatred, anger, jealousy, and other mental afflictions that are throughout the jungle of samsara. The common cause of all of these mental afflictions is the self-cherishing attitude, the “me first”, “self-centred” attitude.

When confronted with a person exhibiting anger, with a loud voice, humiliating words, and insults, a typical reaction would be to respond in-kind with a loud voice and defensive or confrontational words. Far from resolve the issue, this reaction might only serve to escalate the situation.

Instead of responding in-kind, a bodhisattva is able to respond completely differently. By responding in this way, they are able to avoid the creation of further negative karma associated with responding in a confrontational manner. Instead they are able to use the situation to create positive karma and a cause for enlightenment. The situation might be used through various practices to transform the situation and destroy the poisonous mental afflictions, such as in the practice of tonglen. But whatever the practice, the bodhisattva has a bodhicitta motivation. The bodhicitta motivation is to achive enlightenment for the sake of benefitting every sentient being, even the sentient being with a loud voice, humiliating words, and insults.

[1] ‘Peacock In The Poison Grove’ by Geshe Lhundrub Sopa; Wisdom Publications, 2001.
[2] ‘The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment’ by Lama Tsongkapa; Snow Lion Publications, 2001.