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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: John Balcom

Patience is wisdom; it is an awareness of the universe and the human condition. It is the strength to accept, bear, take charge, transform, handle, and liberate.

Patience is also morality, courage, and compassion, as well as the nature of the Bodhi mind. Patience is supreme strength.

In Buddhism, the world we live in is referred to as the saha world, meaning a world of endurance. Not everything goes the way one wishes in life. Who does not often have to exercise patience? Not only do we need to endure suffering and hardships, poverty and hunger, hot and cold weather, as well as annoyances and complaints; we also need to be unmoved by wealth, pleasure, profit, and fame. Patience is truly something needed to be practiced by everyone!

── from Of Benefit to Oneself and Others