Free your Mind! The Wisdom of Patient Acceptance

Modern Buddhism teachings, Brighton SDC

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“For us to be happy,

there has to be internal change.

 We have so little control over external conditions,

it’s our attitude we have to change.”

Kadam Bridget

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Sounds reasonable, like wearing shoes instead of trying to cover the world in asphalt. But how do we do it?

Get a realistic view of our world

Not some Disney fantasy of how it should be.
The world we live in is painful. Geshe Kelsang likens it to trying to get comfortable living in a thorn bush. This is the nature of our samsara, the endless cycle of dissatisfaction and pain we’re all stuck in.

Shih Tsu Happens

So relax and stop fighting it.
Our natural human response to fear is to avoid it. I am asking you to look straight at it, feel the feeling, and lean into it instead of away from it.
Terri Cole (via yogachocolatelove)

“Be empowered by this wisdom” Kadam Bridget

Knowing and using this wisdom enables us to cope and deal with our problems.
Our lives are full of endless difficulties.
At the end of the day we can just feel broken sometimes, can’t we.” Bridget

Patient acceptance can dissolve these negative, disempowering feelings away, and in doing so evaporate painful situations. This allows us progress in our lives in a pro-active way. Accepting difficulties with a patient mind, is far from passive, it is taking a “very strong, active stance.” Geshe Kelsang

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Shantideva’s forest retreat

 Sunday 3 June – Relying upon Patience

Gen Chönden  10:30am – 5pm 
Amitabha Buddhist Centre 

Shantideva
‘There is no evil greater than anger,
And no virtue greater than patience.
Therefore, I should strive in various ways
To become familiar with the practice of patience’.


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Waiting is

‘Waiting is’ an antidote to the stress of impatience

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Dharma Wheel and Deer

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Reblogged from Inviting the Bell – engaging the community of mindfulness practitioners

In Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic, *Stranger in a Strange Land*, the Man from Mars uses the mantra, “Waiting is” whenever faced with having to wait or doesn’t get what he wants. My sense of the phrase’s meaning is that events will unfold naturally, and waiting is an activity that leads to the unfolding. In many situations, waiting is more pleasurable than fruition. Much of the unhappiness that occurs during the day is caused by impatience.
When impatience is noticed, a simple “Waiting is” is an effective tool to remember the value and pleasure of waiting.

Matt W
Photo Jokhang temple, Lhasa (Erik Tˆrner, Tibet 2003)

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