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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue, Stephanie Mei Gaw, and Siew Hsiang Chow

Patience is a virtue known in Chinese culture;
Patience is also regarded in Buddhism
as the greatest cultivation.
Endless transgressions come from hatred.
Immeasurable merits come from patience.

People nowadays often find it easier to be an intellect than to be courageous. There are those who are aggressive and eager to win, but when critical situations arise, they would often betray their principles, forget their responsibilities as well as their own moral character and integrity. Because of this, real courage cannot be successfully cultivated without many years of training the mind.

American astronauts need to practice meditation to foster their courage before they are launched into space.

When a person is fearless even in the face of death, what else is there to be afraid of?

── from Mi Wu Zhijian (Between Ignorance and Enlightenment)