Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 6: Patience
In the next verses, 100-103, we are asked to look more deeply at our responses when people intentionally or unintentionally do or say something that obstructs us from acquiring the worldly objects we chase after – wealth, fame, honour. It even asks us to consider being grateful to those people for showing us this is where the source of our suffering lies: that our suffering is within our own emotional response to feeling deprived of these worldly things.
The text goes further, to say that these people who stir us to anger and hatred are our teachers, as these are the times when practising Patience is most important, in fact this is the true practice of Dharma and the time to generate compassion and practise kindness.
We might say that there are times when anger is appropriate, like when our attempts to practice Dharma and do good deeds are obstructed. But as the Buddha has said, the true Dharma practice is Patience. So should I not abide by this?
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