Waking Essence: #PATIENCE #Buddhism #happiness

It takes time.

If you want to be happy, then train in the practice of patience.

Patience is a mind that accepts harm or hardship with a virtuous intention, and is the opponent to anger. We are practicing patience whenever we prevent ourselves from getting angry even if we are harmed or insulted, or when we calmly accept difficult situations such as illness, poverty, loneliness, losing our job or partner, or not fulfilling our wishes. By accepting harm and hardship as an opportunity to train or purify our mind, we can maintain a happy mind all the time.
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso*. How to Transform Your Life

If you have time for nothing else in your life but practice patience you can gain great insights and realizations.

We underestimate the value of patience. It is possible that people might sometimes interrupt our meditation sessions or Dharma study, but they can never take away our opportunity to train in inner virtues such as patience. It is this mental training, rather than outer virtuous activities, that is the essence of Dharma practice. If we truly understand the value of patience, we will never resent an opportunity to practice it. Even if we never found the opportunity to sit down to study and meditate throughout our entire life, but we truly learned to practice patient acceptance every moment of the day, we would make vast progress on the path to enlightenment. On the other hand, if we spent our whole life studying and meditating but we never practiced patience, our spiritual practice would remain superficial and inauthentic.
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso*. How to Solve Our Human Problems

Can you accept everything that comes into your life with joy and happiness?

We need to learn patient acceptance. Patience is a mind that is able to accept, fully and happily, whatever occurs. It is much more than just gritting our teeth and putting up with things. Being patient means to welcome wholeheartedly whatever arises, having given up the idea that things should be other than what they are.
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso*. How to Solve Our Human Problems

Developing a mind of patience further serves to erode the great villain of spiritual growth - anger.

In the practice of patience we should never allow ourselves to become angry or discouraged, by temporarily accepting any difficulties or harm from others. When we practice patience we are wearing the supreme inner armor that directly protects us from physical sufferings, mental pain and other problems. Anger destroys our merit, or good fortune, so that we shall continually experience many obstacles, and because of lacking good fortune it will be difficult to fulfill our wishes, especially our spiritual aims. There is no greater evil than anger. With the practice of patience we can accomplish any spiritual aim; there is no greater virtue than patience.
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso*. Modern Buddhism: Volume 1 Sutra. iBooks

Patience is one of the Six Perfections, the actual path to enlightenment. So why wouldn't you practice patience? It takes no additional time out of your day yet yields such amazing benefit. There is no greater virtue.


*Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhists centers and groups throughout the world. Find out more at www.tharpa.com