Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 6: Patience
Here Rinpoche summarises the three kinds of Patience, and talks about the temporal nature of sounds and the need to develop a deeper understanding of the source of our misguided view: that another persons’ praise for ourselves and our loved ones is a genuine cause for happiness. This he says is a misunderstanding, because if the root of our happiness comes from the mere words that are devoid of intellect, or from the joy of the person who is uttering the praise, why then should we distinguish between the joy felt by someone who praises me and my kin and the joy of a person praising my enemy? Why would we hurt if we hear of an enemy receiving praise?
If we rely on the words of praise or criticism from another person as the source of our own happiness or pain, we are depending on something that is inconsistent because everything constantly changes.
To find genuine happiness we must let go the idea that contentment comes from outside ourselves. No-one else can know what is best for us, and neither can I know what is best for another person. Everyone is different, so I must be patient with my own and another persons’ expectations.
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