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Buddhadharma : Summer 2018
94 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY and then let it go. Just keep going ahead. Having an experience and letting it go allows you to grow in the domain of great patience. Every day, every moment, your human experience is different. So naturally there are many opportunities to practice patience. Someday, right in the middle of your messy human life, in spite of your igno- rance, you will touch something deep—the core of human life. You don’t know what it is intellectually, but you realize the peaceful patience found deep in the life of the whole universe. At that time you experience the vastness of your existence, and your life really blooms. When I look at myself, sometimes I feel good and sometimes not so good, because everything in human life is up and down. There is no way to escape this up-and-down life. So I think the real practice of patience is to do small things every day with great hope—putting a seed in the desert, regardless of whether or not it will grow. That’s all I can do. Then I can take care of my up-and-down life. standing up straight The midst of reality is very simple and very soft. Even hatred is sim- ple if you don’t fight it. If you try to fight hatred, it becomes a mon- ster. But if you deal with your hatred straightforwardly, you can use hatred as an opportunity to deepen your life, or to express the depth of your life. So if you feel hatred, what should you do? The first thing you have to do is to stand up straight, right in the middle of your life. This is not so easy. It’s not easy because it’s too simple. There’s nothing to want, nothing to gain, nothing to achieve as a result. Still, without standing up you cannot do anything. So if you feel hatred, stand up straight and face your hatred. Accept it, deal with it as simply as you can, and then let it go. Let To practice patience doesn’t mean to suppress some feeling; it means to accept the whole universe.