In this 2022 letter to a center director, Lama Zopa
Rinpoche, the perfect epitome of patience, offers an unmissable teaching on why
patience is critically important, and how to protect and cultivate it through
applying conscientious effort.
Explaining the value of patience, Rinpoche says it protects
our hard-won merits, which are necessary for our liberation from samsara but
which are easily destroyed through our acts of anger and
heresy. Rinpoche then advises us on how best to dedicate our merits
so as to protect them.
Rinpoche’s letter also offers guidance on six ways to train
the mind in patience: by seeing the ‘enemy’ as the guru and as positive
support, by realizing that the ‘enemy’ has no freedom to
act differently, by developing compassion, and by remembering karma
and the emptiness of phenomena.
24 pages, 2023 edition