May 12–14 and May 19–21

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons
A Basic Program Module
Taught by Don Handrick, a Masters Program graduate

Two weekends:
May 12–14 and May 19–21
Friday evening through Sunday afternoon
Friday: 7pm; Saturday: 10:30am / 2pm / 4pm; Sunday:  10:30am / 2pm

And thus bodhisattvas are likened to peacocks: they live on delusions – those poisonous plants. Transforming them into the essence of practice, they thrive in the jungle of everyday life. Whatever is presented they always accept, while destroying the poison of clinging desire…—Dharmarakshita

The Mahayana path is characterized by the bodhisattva’s aspiration to become a buddha for the sake of all beings. The means to develop and enhance this extraordinary attitude are revealed in a genre of teachings, at once practical and radical, known as ‘mind training’, or ‘thought transformation’, Tib. Lojong.

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakshita is one of the most esteemed and precious mind training teachings. It contains powerful methods for counteracting our true enemies—the self-grasping and self-cherishing minds, which oppose altruistic intent and prevent lasting happiness and peace.


Course materials will be provided. Please register by May 10.

Students interested to take this course as a Basic Program subject MUST REGISTER in advance. Reading materials will be sent to you ahead of time. 

About the Teacher

Don Handrick is the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, NM. Don’s study and practice of Buddhism began in 1993 when he read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Rigpa, Sogyal Rinpoche’s organization, until he began attending classes with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling, the FPMT center in San Francisco. 
   At the beginning of 1998, Don left the Bay Area to attend the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by the incomparable scholar and kind Spiritual Friend, Geshe Jampa Gyatso. By 2004, he successfully completed all five subjects of the program and received an FPMT final certificate with high honors. Soon after, Don moved to Santa Fe and served as the Spiritual Program Coordinator for Thubten Norbu Ling, and in 2006 he was appointed Resident Teacher. In 2015, Don led the month-long November Course at Kopan Monastery and in 2016, he began spending a portion of each year visiting other FPMT centers as a touring teacher.​​​
   Don has received teachings from many esteemed and precious lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchog. He is well-known for his humility, kindness and clarity of instruction. 
Date(s): May 12–14 and May 19–21
Times: All Day
Instructor/Leader: Don Handrick
Type of event: Basic Program
Number of sessions: 7 seasons from Friday to Sunday.
Level: intermediate
Participation: All are welcome
Location: Main Gompa
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