Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 6: Patience
Looking into the nature of Patience and causes and conditions for our own development of Patience, the next verses are discursory, questioning the reasons for taking enemies as objects for our Patience, and giving the example of a doctor bringing little opportunity for practise, as that role is one of helper and advocate. So this is why we should honour and be grateful to our enemies.
An important point to note here is that in the teachings of Lord Buddha there are two fields of veneration: the field of Jinas, (self conquerers) or Buddhas, and the field of samsaric beings. The fertile ground of Buddha’s awakening was in fact samsara, and it was sentient samsaric beings who provided the conditions for his practise, with out those, enlightenment would not be possible. Therefore they are both to be recognised and venerated equally.
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