Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 6: Patience
Stanzas 127 and 133-134
Rinpoche returns to stanzas 127 and 133 which he says contain critical instructions: The Dalai Lama has said if you want to help yourself intelligently, you must serve sentient beings. Serving others is the surest path to enlightenment, give you a purpose, help you to feel good about yourself and is the way to the end of suffering. Even the smallest gesture will make a difference. If everyone behaved in the same way, putting others first, all the peoples in the world would be out of suffering, living in heaven.
Rinpoche tells the story relating how the first king came into being, and how taxes became part of the social fabric of society, for the benefit of everyone. Beginning the final stanza of this chapter, he lists the karmic benefits of practising Patience.
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Rinpoche, thank you, in the translation of the text of the Bodhisattva’s way of live in Dutch by “Maitreya uitgeverij” in the Netherlands, stanza 127, in the last line, it says (roughly translated in English): Therefore I should always practise the (three kinds of patience.) My question is: Is that mentioned, or meant in the stanza 127 in Tibetan? And, do I need to understand this in this way, that the three kinds of patience, are having patience with all events happening in past present and future… (and are these then same as the 3 groups of 24 kind of sort of patience concerning bad and good towards self and others in past, present and future as you explained in verses numero … before (now I have to read and find my notes on these, but luckily there are the transcripts on the website, which is now very helpful). Thank you Rinpoche, for clarifying.
This chapter on Patience seems to address the core instructions on how we can practically realise Relative Bodhicitta, using the samsaric behaviour and values that we encounter daily (both in ourselves and others) as useful fuel for transformation. Do you think that if greater emphasis was placed on this Chapter on Patience, and transforming seemingly-negative circumstances in a skilful way, across all schools of Buddhism, that more practitioners would genuinely experience Bodhicitta, rather than merely the intellectual concept of it? Thank you 🙏🏼
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Thank you for your kindness