Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics
FORBEARANCE AS OUR TEACHER
In this world, those with great virtues
and merits are the ones who can tolerate the
intolerable, and bear the unbearable.
In Buddhism, forbearance is not only about
being patient for reasonable requests and
momentary agonies, but also being patient for
absurd and unreasonable misunderstandings.
By regarding forbearance as the compassionate
teachings of the buddhas and bodhisattvas, as
well as the cultivation of merits and virtues,
we can affirm our morality and integrity, and
believe that truth and justice will eventually be
Since I was young, I have never been
concerned with honor and disgrace, or fame
and slander. For the sake of Buddhism, I could
bear humiliation, compromises, and be low-key.
Whether Buddhist practitioners can benefit from
the Dharma has a great deal to do with whether
or not they can be patient.
With ordinary patience, dharma patience, and
the patience for non-arising dharmas, everything
will be good for you, for me, and for everyone.