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Buddhadharma : Spring 2019
60 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY by Chandrakirti, states that a single instant of anger or hatred will destroy virtues accumulated over a hundred aeons. The difference between these two texts is explained from the point of view of the object of one’s anger or hatred. If the object of one’s anger or hatred is a bodhisattva on a high level of the path, and the person who is being hateful or angry is not a bodhisattva, then the amount of vir- tue that will be destroyed is greater. On the other hand, if a bodhi- sattva generates anger toward another bodhisattva, maybe the virtue destroyed would be less. However, when we say that virtues accumulated over aeons are destroyed by a single instant of anger, we have to identify what sort of virtues are destroyed. Both this text and Entry into the Middle Way agree that it is only the meritorious virtues—not so much the wisdom aspect but rather the method aspect of the path—that are destroyed. In particular, these include virtues accumulated through practicing giving or generosity as well as virtues accumulated on the basis of observing an ethically disciplined way of life. On the other hand, virtues accumulated through the practice of wisdom, such as generating insight into the ultimate nature of reality, and virtues accumulated through meditative practices, wisdom acquired through meditation, remain beyond the scope of destruction by anger and hatred. The second verse reads: There is no evil like hatred, And no fortitude like patience. Thus I should strive in various ways To meditate on patience. If we examine how anger or hateful thoughts arise in us, we will find that, generally speaking, they arise when we feel hurt.