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Buddhadharma : Spring 2019
BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 59 The first verse of Shantideva’s “Patience” chapter, in his Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, reads: Whatever wholesome deeds, Such as venerating the buddhas and [practicing] generosity, That have been amassed over a thousand aeons, Will all be destroyed in one moment of anger. The implication of this first verse is that in order for the individual practitioner to be able to successfully cultivate patience and toler- ance, what is required is a very strong enthusiasm, a strong desire, because the stronger one’s enthusiasm the greater the ability to with- stand the hardships encountered in the process. Not only that, but one also will be prepared to voluntarily accept hardships that are a necessary part of the path. The first stage, then, is to generate this strong enthusiasm, and for that what is required is to reflect upon the destructive nature of anger and hatred, as well as the positive effects of patience and tolerance. In this text, one reads that the generation of anger or hatred, even for a single instant, has the capacity to destroy virtues collected over a thousand aeons. Another text, Entry into the Middle Way Don’t Let Hatred Destroy Your Practice the Dalai Lama opposite | HeatUp, 2013 PAINTINGS BY PATTY HAMMARSTEDT