Patience is the 6th
The characteristic of patience is
acceptance, its function is to
endure, and its
manifestation is non-opposing tolerance..
The cause of patience is understanding
how things really are.. The effect of
patience is calm tranquility despite presence
of intensely stirring provocation..
Patience of the will produces forgiving forbearance..
Patience of the
intellect produces faith, confidence, and certainty..
Patience of the body produces
resolute strength, and tenacious endurance..
Internal tolerance of states within oneself is patient endurance...
tolerance of other beings is forbearance, and forgiveness...
patiently protects himself, protects also all other
He who patiently protects all other beings,
protects also himself..
Not from speaking much is one called
clever. The patient one is free from anger,
and free from fear, only such
steady persisting one, is rightly called clever...
Patient tolerance is the highest
praxis... Nibbāna is the supreme happiness..
So say all the Buddhas.
The innocent one, who has done nothing
Yet who endures abuse, flogging, and even
Such one, armed with stamina,
the great force of tolerance,
Such stoic one, who self-possessed can accept
all, I call a Holy One..
One should follow those who are
tolerant, and enduring,
intelligent, wise, diligent,
clever, good-willed, and evidently Noble.
One shall stick to
them, as the moon remains in its regular orbit.
Friends, even if bandits were to cut
you up, savagely, limb by limb,
with a two-handled saw, you should not get angry, but do my bidding:
Remain pervading them and all others with a friendly
with an all-embracing good-will, kind, rich,
expansive, and immeasurable..
Free from hostility, free from any ill will. Always remembering this very
Simile of the Saw is indeed how you should train yourselves.
The 5 ways of removing irritating
Bhikkhus, there are these five ways of
removing annoyance, by which any
irritation can be entirely removed by a Bhikkhu, when it arises in him.
What are these five
1: Friendliness can be maintained towards an irritating person, or
2: Understanding can be
undertaken towards an irritating person, or state..
Equanimity can be
kept towards an irritating person, or state..
4: One can forget, and ignore the irritating person, mental, or
5: Ownership of Kamma of the irritating person can be reflected
This good worthy person is owner of his actions, inherit the result his
born of his actions, and only he is responsible for his actions be
good or bad.
This is how annoyance with the irksome can be
These are the five ways of removing annoyance, and by
which any irritation
can be entirely
removed in any wise friend, exactly when it arises...
Anguttara Nikāya V
Buddha to his son
Rāhula: Develop an
Mind like the
Rāhula, develop a mind like earth, then contacts of arisen like and dislike
will not obsess your mind.. Rāhula, on the earth is dumped both the pure,
excreta, urine, saliva, pus, blood, but the earth does not detest
those... Even and exactly so make your mind stable like
Rāhula, develop a mind like
then contacts of arisen pleasure and pain
will not seize your mind. Rāhula with
water both the pure, and the impure
are cleaned... Washed away with water are
excreta, urine, saliva, pus, and
blood, yet the water does not despise any of
Even so make the mind
fluid, and adaptable like the water..
Rāhula, develop a mind like fire, then
of any arisen attraction
or aversion will neither consume, nor hang on to your
both the pure and the impure, burns excreta, urine, saliva, pus,
yet the fire does not loathe any of that.. In the same manner refine
into a tool like an all consuming, and purifying fire..
Rāhula, develop a mind similar to space, then contacts of arisen
frustration does neither take hold of, nor remain in your mind. Space
not settle anywhere.. Similarly make the mind unsettled, and unestablished
space. When you expand mind like space, contacts of delight and
neither be able to dominate, nor ever obsess your mind...
Majjhima Nikāya 62
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