The Perfection of Patience

Of the Six Perfections – generosity, discipline, patience, energy, meditation, and wisdom – the perfection of patience refers to the ability to maintain one’s concern and compassion for others even in the face of persecution. We cannot give in to bitterness, hatred, or ideas of retaliation, even when we experience ridicule or persecution at the hands of others. This may be the most difficult of all the perfections. We have to develop deep insight into the pain and confusion of others so that we can understand and forgive those who lash out violently or act callously toward others.

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