Patience Paramita


Paramita in Sanskrit is translated as “gone to the beyond”, or “gone to the other shore.” It is is also known as “perfection,” in the sense of “wholeness” or “completeness,” and refers to a set of qualities that are based on the realization and cultivation of wisdom.

In the first talk in this series of ten talks on the Paramitas, Zuisei Sensei speaks on the importance of cultivating patience: “Patience arises out of seeing what is. It’s accepting what is. It’s not opposing what is. It’s enduring what is. Patience is not fighting, not rejecting or resenting or begrudging. Patience is wholeheartedly embracing reality.”

Recorded at Zen Mountain Monastery 09/25/2015

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01 : Ten Paramitas by Thanissaro Bikkhu

02 : The All Embracing Net of Views Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi

03: No Time to Loose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chodron