The Way of the Bodhisattva… on Patience

See below for a sample from Chapter 6 on Patience from:
The Way of the Bodhisattva
Translated from the Tibetan by the Padmakara Translation Group,
Shambhala, Boston and London, 2006

Note, titles of each verse selection are mine, not the translators.

On Interdependent Origination
Conditions, once assembled, have no thought
That they will now give rise to some result.
Nor does that which is engendered
Think that it has been produced.

The primal substance, as they say,
And that which has been called the self,
Do not rise designedly,
And do not think, “I will become.”

All things then, depend on other things,
And these likewise depend; they are not independent.
Knowing this, we will not be annoyed
At things that are like magical appearances.

On Wishing Vengeance
If unhappiness befalls your enemies
Why should this be cause for your rejoicing?
The wishes of your mind alone,
Will not in fact contrive their injury.

And if your hostile wishes were to bring them harm,
Again, what cause of joy is that to you?
“Why , then I would be satisfied!”-are these your thoughts?
Is anything more ruinous than that?

On Fame
Veneration, praise, and fame
Serve not to increase merit or my span of life,
Bestowing neither health nor strength
And nothing for the body’s ease.

If I am wise in what is good for me,
I’ll ask what benefit these bring.
For if it’s entertainment I desire,
I might as well resort to alcohol and cards!

For the whole text from another translator of The Way of the Bodhisattva, please follow the live link.


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