🌿 Practicing Patience
🌿 Patience is an antidote to anger and the primary condition for enlightenment. Through patience your vision clears and you see the dependent co-arising of pain, frustration, and anger.
🌿 Practicing patience does not mean gritting your teeth and ignoring the pain, but developing and expanding your capacity for experiencing pain, opening wide enough to feel the pain without either running away or wallowing in it. When you practice patience, the path to harmful anger is blocked. You can face the pain, and relax and breathe with it.
🌿 Patience, or khanti, is the sixth of the ten perfections, or paramis (the virtues that one has to perfect in order to fully awaken; there are ten paramis in the Theravada tradition, six paramitas in the Mahayana). The clarity of wisdom and the softness of compassion are the companions of each of the perfections. Patience is motivated by our desire for inward and outward peace and by faith in our ability to accept things as they are. In Buddhism patience has three essential aspects: gentle forbearance, calm endurance of hardship, and acceptance of the truth.
🌿 We must practice patience. We must courageously, carefully, and steadfastly walk to the center of our pain, sit upright, and listen to the cries of the world. We and other beings are in danger if we do not patiently face our pain and understand it. If we don’t understand our own pain, then all of our vital energies go to fuel deluded activity. On the other hand, if we patiently observe how pain and anger arise, what their causes are, then those same vital energies will come to facilitate patience, compassion, and wisdom.
🌿 The practice of bodhisattvas is to sit upright in the center of the world of universal suffering. Such compassionate beings listen to the pain of the world: they feel it, they ache with it. The upright sitting of the buddha ancestors never forgets or abandons sentient beings. They sit in the middle of all the various forms of suffering in order to save all beings. In practicing this way we have the same heart as #Shakyamuni #Buddha
, and all their great disciples. #buddhism #patience