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      Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4470, Sunday, January 1, 2012





      So - what is the significance of the teaching on how to work with anger? Well, it has tremendous significance because again and again, whenever we're challenged, there is opportunity to open to the difficulty and let the difficulty make us more compassionate, more wise. Or the opposite, which is that when things are difficult, the chances instead of it making us more afraid and therefore more vulnerable or more subject to being able to catch the anxiety in the atmosphere and spin off into wanting to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and the tendency for aggression to escalate and violence to escalate under challenge is much greater. I wanted to begin by giving the Dharma talks on the sixth chapter of Shanti Deva - chapter on working with anger. So, for Shanti Deva teaching as he did in the eighth century in India a long, long time ago, to Yolanda University in India to a entire packed audience of celibate monks, you might wonder what the relevance of such a teaching would be today, and all I can say is at the level of human neurosis, nothing has changed much. And so what he has to say and the way he... you'll see, it actually has humor in it where he keeps pointing out example after example of our foibles of how we justify our anger and all the many, many situations that make us angry. But it's more than just like losing our temper or something. We're talking now about finding ourselves in a situation where many, many people are feeling more vulnerable and the situation is more volatile.

      And so, it might be that in the years to come, you might look back and think of it as something like, that was teaching. That was really - because I have started to use it every day of my life in difficult situations - has made it possible for me to be become more compassionate, to become more tenderhearted and loving rather than more afraid and full of aggression and wanting to strike out and protect me and mine. You might just look back and say, "This was really important" because right now the key thing is whether it was a difficult situation in the world or not; it's to use the difficult situations of everyday life to wake us up, to awaken our compassion. To make us feel our kinship with each other rather than to buy into polarization. So Shanti Deva says a lot about our mindset. The mindset of friend and foe. Like and dislike. For me and against me. And how that very mechanism of buying so tightly into this notion of the good people and the bad people - the ones that I like and the ones I don't like and how we get so invested in this and how this is "the kindling" or "the fuel" for anger and aggression to escalate. So from this point of view, the teachings are on non-violence and on non-aggression. And you could think of that as a synonym for the word patience.

      - Pema Chodron, from Don't Bite the Hook




      6. Showing Patience

      (1) Whatever generosity,
      Offerings to the Blissfully Gone (Buddhas) and the like,
      And positive deeds I've amassed over thousands of eons -
      One (moment of) hatred will devastate them all.

      (2) As no negative force resembles anger,
      And no trial resembles patience,
      I shall therefore meditate on patience,
      With effort and in various ways.

      (3) When the thorn of anger lodges in my heart,
      My mind doesn't feel any peace,
      Doesn't gain any joy or pleasure,
      Doesn't fall asleep, and becomes unstable.

      (4) Even those on whom he lavishes wealth and honor
      And those who've become dependent on him
      Get provoked to the point of murdering
      A lord who's possessed with anger.

      (5) Friends and relations get disgusted with him,
      And though he might gather (others) with gifts,
      he isn't regarded with trust and respect.
      In brief, there's no way at all in which
      A raging person is in a happy situation.

      (6) Hence the enemy, rage,
      Creates sufferings such as those and the like,
      While whoever clamps down and destroys his rage
      Will be happy in this (life) and others.

      (7) Finding its fuel in the foul state of mind
      That arises from its bringing about things I don't want
      And its preventing what I wish,
      Anger, once enflamed, destroys me.

      (8) Therefore, I shall totally eradicate
      The fuel of that enemy,
      For this enemy hasn't a mission
      Other than injuring me.

      (9) No matter what happens,
      I shall never let it disturb my good mood.
      For if I've fallen into a foul mood, what I want
      will not come about,
      And my constructive behavior will fall apart.

      (10) If it can be remedied,
      Why get into a foul mood over something?
      And if it can't be remedied,
      What help is it to get into a foul mood over it?

      (11) For myself and my friends,
      Suffering, contempt, verbal abuse,
      And disgrace aren't things that I'd wish for;
      But for my enemies, it's the reverse.

      (12) The causes for happiness rarely occur,
      While the causes for sufferings are overly abundant.
      But, without any suffering,
      there wouldn't be the determination to be free;
      Therefore, mind, you must think to be firm.

      (13) If devotees of Durga and people of Karnata
      Pointlessly endure the torments of burning
      And cutting themselves, and the like,
      Then why am I such a coward for the sake of liberation?

      (14) There isn't anything that doesn't become easier
      Once you've become accustomed to it;
      And so, by growing accustomed to minor pains,
      Greater pains will definitely become bearable.

      (15) Don't you see (this) with problems, (borne)
      without a (great) purpose,
      From snakes and mosquitoes,
      Discomforts such as hunger and thirst,
      As well as rashes and the like?

      (16) (So,) I shall not be soft
      Regarding such things as heat and cold, rain and wind,
      Also sickness, captivity, beatings, and the like;
      For if I've acted like that, the injury is worse.

      (17) There are some who, seeing their own blood,
      Develop exceptional courage and resolve;
      And there are some who, seeing the blood of others,
      Collapse and faint.

      (18) That comes from their states of mind being
      Either of a resolute or a cowardly type.
      Therefore, I must be dismissive of pains
      And must not be thrown off by suffering.

      (19) Even when he's in agony, someone skilled
      Will never let the composure of his mind be stirred;
      And in a war that's waged against disturbing emotions,
      Bruises abound, when fighting the battle.

      (20) Those who, having been dismissive of suffering,
      Destroy the enemies, anger and so on,
      They are the heroes who have gained the victory;
      The rest (merely) slay corpses.

      (21) Furthermore, there are advantages to suffering:
      With agony, arrogance disappears;
      Compassion grows for those in recurring samsara;
      Negative conduct is shunned; and joy is taken in being constructive.

      (22) As I don't get enraged
      With great sources of suffering, for instance with bile,
      Then why get enraged with those having limited minds?
      All of them, as well, are provoked by conditions.

      (23) For example, without being wished for,
      Their sicknesses arise;
      And likewise, without being wished for,
      (Their) disturbing emotions also strongly arise.

      (24) Without thinking, "I shall get enraged,"
      People just become enraged;
      And without thinking, "I shall arise,"
      Likewise, rage arises.

      (25) All mistakes that there are
      And the various sorts of negative behavior -
      All arise from the force of conditions:
      There aren't any under their own power.

      (26) A collection of conditions
      Doesn't have the intention, "I shall create";
      And what it's created didn't have the intention,
      "I'm to be created."

      (27) The darling (the Samkhyas) call "primal matter"
      And what they imagine to be "the self" -
      They don't think with some purpose, "I shall come into being
      (to cause some harm),"
      And then come about.

      (28) (In fact,) as they haven't arisen, they do not exist,
      So what would have then had the wish to arise?
      And, since (a static sentient self) would be something that was
      permanently occupied with an object,
      It would never come to cease (being so).

      (29) But if the self were static (and nonsentient, like Nyaya asserts),
      It would obviously be without actions, like the sky;
      So even if it met with other conditions,
      What activity could something unchangeable have?

      (30) If even at the time of the action, it (remains) as before,
      What could have been done by it from the action?
      And if there were something called "This is its action,"
      Which is the one that made them connected?

      (31) Thus, everything's under the power of others,
      And the powers they're under aren't under their (own) power.
      Having understood this, I shall not become angry
      With any phenomenon - they're like magic emanations.

      (32) And if I said, then, "Warding off (anger) would indeed be unfitting,
      For who (or what) can ward off what?"
      I'd assert that it's not unfitting,
      Since, by depending on that, the continuity of suffering
      can be cut.

      (33) Thus, when seeing an enemy or even a friend
      Acting improperly, I'll remain relaxed,
      Having reflected that it's arising
      From some such condition as this.

      (34) If all embodied beings had things
      Turn out as they liked,
      Then, since no one wishes ever to suffer,
      It would never come about that anyone suffered.

      (35) People hurt even themselves
      With such things as thorns, because of not caring,
      And, in a rage, because of desiring to obtain women
      and the like,
      With such acts as refusing food.

      (36) There are some who destroy themselves
      By hanging themselves, jumping off cliffs,
      Eating poison and unhealthy foods,
      And through negative acts (bringing worse rebirth states).

      (37) When people kill even their beloved selves
      From coming under the power of disturbing emotions,
      How can it be that they wouldn't cause injury
      To the bodies of others?

      (38) When I can't even develop compassion, once in a while,
      For those like that, who, with disturbing emotions arisen,
      Would proceed to such things as killing themselves,
      At least I won't get enraged (with them).

      (39) (Even) if acting violently toward others
      Were the functional nature of infantile people,
      Still, it'd be as unfitting to get enraged with them
      As it would be for begrudging fire for its functional nature
      of burning.

      (40) And even if this fault were fleeting instead,
      And limited beings were lovely by nature,
      Well, still it would be as unfitting to get enraged
      As it would be for begrudging the sky for the (pungent) smoke
      that was rising (in it).

      (41) Having set aside the actual (cause of my pain),
      a staff or the like,
      If I become enraged with the person who wielded it,
      Well he, in fact, was incited by anger, so he's secondary (too).
      It would be more fitting to get enraged with his anger.

      (42) Previously, I must have inflicted
      Such pain on limited beings,
      Therefore, it's fitting that harm comes to me,
      Who've been a cause of violence toward limited ones.

      (43) Both his weapon and my body
      Are the causes of my suffering.
      Since he drew out a weapon and I a body,
      Toward which should I get enraged?

      (44) Blinded by craving, I've grabbed hold of a painful boil
      That's shaped like a human and can't bear to be touched,
      And so when it's bruised,
      Toward what should I get enraged?

      (45) Childish me, I don't wish to suffer
      And yet I'm obsessed with the cause of my suffering.
      Since it's my own fault that I get hurt,
      Why have a grudge toward anyone (else)?

      (46) It's like, for example, the guards of the joyless realms
      And the forest of razor-sharp leaves:
      This (suffering too) is produced by my impulsive karmic behavior;
      So toward what should I be enraged?

      (47) Incited by my own karmic behavior,
      Those who hurt me come my way,
      And if, by their (actions), these limited beings should fall
      to the joyless realms,
      Surely, wasn't it I who have ruined them?

      (48) Based on them, my negative karmic force
      Is greatly cleansed, because of my patience;
      But, based on me, they fall
      To the joyless realms, with long-lasting pain.

      (49) Since I'm, in fact, causing harm to them,
      And they're the ones who are benefiting me,
      Why, unreasonable mind, do you make it the reverse
      And get into a rage?

      (50) If I have the advantage of wishing (to be patient),
      I won't be going to a joyless realm;
      But although I'm safeguarding myself (in this way),
      What happens to them in this matter?

      (51) And if I were to harm them back instead,
      They wouldn't be safeguarded either,
      While my (other bodhisattva) behavior would also decline,
      And, consequently, those having trials would be lost.

      (52) Because of its being immaterial,
      No one can destroy my mind, by any means;
      But because of its obsessive involvement with my body,
      It's hurt by suffering (in connection) to the body.

      (53) (Yet) Insults, cruel language,
      And defaming words
      Don't hurt my body,
      So, why, O mind, do you become so enraged?

      (54) Others' dislike for me -
      That won't devour me,
      Either in this life or in any other lifetime;
      So why do I find it undesirable?

      (55) If I don't wish for it
      Because it would hinder my material gain;
      Well, although my material gain in this life will have to be discarded,
      My negative karmic forces will remain secured.

      (56) Death today would in fact be better for me
      Than long life through an improper livelihood;
      For even having lived a long time, there will still
      Be the suffering of death for someone like me.

      (57) Someone who wakes up after having experienced
      A hundred years of happiness in a dream
      And another who wakes up after having experienced
      Just a moment of happiness:

      (58) Once they've awakened, that happiness
      Doesn't return, after all, to either of the two.
      (Similarly,) it comes down to exactly the same
      For someone who's lived for long and someone who's lived
      for a short while.

      (59) Though I may have obtained great material gain
      And even have enjoyed many pleasures for long,
      I shall still go forth empty-handed and naked,
      Like having been robbed by a thief.

      (60) Suppose I said, "While living off my material gain,
      I'd consume my negative karmic force and do positive things."
      Well if, for the sake of material gain, I became enraged,
      Won't my positive karmic force be consumed
      and negative karmic force come about?

      (61) If the very purpose for which I am living
      Should fall apart,
      What use is there with a life
      Committing only negative deeds?

      (62) Well, suppose I said, "Rage for someone who maligns (me)
      Is because it makes limited beings lose (their trust)."
      Well then, why don't you get similarly enraged
      With someone defaming someone else?

      (63) If you can tolerate distrust (when it's for someone else),
      Because that lack of trust hinges on another;
      Then why not be patient with someone who maligns (me),
      Since that hinges on disturbing emotions arising?

      (64) Even toward those who revile and destroy
      Images, stupas, and the sacred Dharma,
      My anger's improper,
      Since there can be no harm to Buddhas and the rest.

      (65) And toward those who injure my spiritual teachers,
      My relatives and so on, and my friends as well,
      My rage will be averted, by having seen that
      This arises from conditions, as in the manner before.

      (66) Since injury is inflicted on embodied beings
      By both those with a mind and things having no mind,
      Why single out and begrudge (only) those with a mind?
      Therefore, be patient with harm!

      (67) Some commit misdeeds because of naivety,
      And, because of naivety, some get enraged:
      Which of them can we say is without fault,
      And which of them would be at fault?

      (68) Why did you previously commit those impulsive actions,
      Because of which others now cause me harm?
      Since everything hinges on karmic behavior,
      Why do I bear a grudge against this one?

      (69) Seeing it's like that, I'll put effort
      Into positive things in whatever way
      Whereby everyone will become
      Loving-minded toward each other.

      (70) For example, when fire in a burning house
      Is advancing to another home,
      It's fitting to remove and throw out
      Whatever it's in that would cause it to spread,
      such as straw and the like.

      (71) Likewise, when the fire of anger is spreading,
      Due to my mind being attached to something,
      I shall throw it out at that instant,
      For fear of my positive force being burned.

      (72) Why would a man about to be put to death
      Be unfortunate if, by having his hand chopped off, he were spared?
      So why would I be unfortunate if, through human sufferings,
      I were spared joyless realms?

      (73) If I'm unable to bear
      Even this minor suffering of the present,
      Then why don't I ward off the rage
      That would be the cause of hellish pain?

      (74) On account of my impassioned (rage), I've experienced
      burning and the like
      For thousands of times in the joyless realms;
      But (through it), I haven't brought benefit to myself
      Or benefit for others.

      (75) But, since great benefits will be brought about
      In this, which is not even a fraction of that damage,
      Only delight is appropriate here
      In the suffering dispelling (all) damage to wandering beings.

      (76) If others obtain the pleasure of joy
      From praising someone (I dislike) who possesses good qualities,
      Why, O mind, don't you make yourself joyous like this,
      By praising him too?

      (77) That pleasure of joy of yours would be
      An arising of pleasure that was not disgraceful,
      Something permitted by the Ones with Good Qualities,
      And superlative, as well, for gathering others.

      (78) If you wouldn't like this pleasure of his,
      "Such pleasure as that would be only his!"
      Then, from stopping (as well) giving wages and the like,
      (Your) ruin will come, both seen and unseen.

      (79) When your own good qualities are being extolled,
      You wish others, as well, to take pleasure;
      But when others' good qualities are being extolled,
      You don't wish yourself to take pleasure too.

      (80) Having developed a bodhichitta aim
      Through wishing for happiness for all limited beings,
      Then why do you become angry instead
      At the happiness that limited beings have found by themselves?

      (81) (Having given your word) that you wish limited beings
      To have Buddhahood, honored throughout the three realms,
      Then why, when seeing them merely shown miserable respect,
      Do you burn up inside at it?

      (82) If there were someone needing care
      Who's to be cared for by you and provided for by you,
      And that family member were to get something to live on,
      Wouldn't you be delighted, or would you be enraged in return?

      (83) How could someone who doesn't want (even) that
      for wandering beings
      Be anyone who wishes for them to be Buddhas?
      Where is there bodhichitta in someone
      Who becomes enraged at others' gain?

      (84) If, whether he receives it from him
      Or it remains in the benefactor's house,
      It will in no way be yours,
      So what does it matter whether or not it's given (to him)?

      (85) Throw away your positive force or (others') faith (in you),
      And even your own good qualities? For what?
      Don't hold on to what could bring you gain?
      Tell me, with whom don't you get enraged?

      (86) Not only do you not feel sorry
      About the negative things you've done yourself,
      You wish to compete against others
      Who've enacted positive deeds?

      (87) Even if your enemy lacks any joy,
      What's there in that for you to take delight?
      The mere wish in your mind
      Won't become the cause for (any) harm to him.

      (88) And even if his suffering came about through your wish,
      Still, what's there in that for you to take delight?
      If you said that you'd become gratified,
      Is there anything else more degenerate than that?

      (89) This hook cast by the fishermen, the disturbing emotions,
      Is horrendously sharp. Procuring (you) from them, O mind,
      The joyless realm guards will cook me, for sure,
      In the cauldrons of hell.

      (90) Praise and fame, (these) shows of respect,
      Won't bring positive force, won't bring a long life,
      Won't bring bodily strength, nor freedom from sickness;
      They won't bring physical pleasure either.

      (91) If I were aware of what's in my self-interest,
      What in my self-interest would there be in them?
      If just mental happiness were what I wanted,
      I should devote myself to gambling and so on, and to alcohol too.

      (92) For the sake of fame, (people) would give away wealth
      Or would get themselves killed;
      But what use is there with words (of fame)?
      Once they've died, to whom will they bring pleasure?

      (93) At the collapse of his sand castle,
      A child wails in despair;
      Similarly, at the loss of praise and fame,
      My mind shows the face of a child.

      (94) Because an impromptu word is something lacking a mind,
      It's impossible that it has the intention to praise me.
      But, proclaiming, "The other one (offering me praise)
      is delighted with me,"
      If I consider that a cause (also) to be delighted;

      (95) Well, whether it's toward someone else or toward me,
      What use to me is another person's joy?
      That pleasure of joy is his alone;
      I won't get (even) a share of it.

      (96) If I take pleasure in his pleasure (with me),
      I must do like that in all cases, in fact.
      How is it that I don't take pleasure
      When he has the pleasure of joy with another?

      (97) So joy is arising in me
      (Simply due to), "Me, I'm being praised!"
      But there, in fact, because (thinking) like that is just nonsense,
      It comes down to nothing but the behavior of a child.

      (98) Being praised and such things cause me distraction;
      They cause my disgust (with samsara) to disintegrate as well.
      I become jealous of those with good qualities,
      And that makes me demolish success.

      (99) Therefore, aren't those who are hovering close by
      For striking down praise and the like for me
      Actually involved in protecting me from falling
      Into a worse rebirth state?

      (100) For me, whose primary interest is in gaining freedom,
      Bondage to material gain and shows of respect are things I mustn't have.
      So how can I get enraged with those who are causing me
      To be freed from my having been bound?

      (101) For me, who would enter into (a house) of suffering,
      How can I get enraged with those who've come,
      As if from Buddha's inspiration,
      In the nature of a door panel not letting me pass in.

      (102) "But this one is impeding my positive practices!"
      Still, it's unfitting to be enraged with him.
      There isn't any trial that's equal to patience,
      So shouldn't I be staying just close to that?

      (103) If, in fact, it's through my own fault
      That I'm not acting patiently here,
      Then while a cause for positive practice is biding nearby,
      It's actually me who's causing the impediment here.

      (104) If there were something that wouldn't come about
      if something were absent,
      But if something were present, would also be present,
      That very thing would be the cause of that,
      So how can it be said that it's an impediment to it?

      (105) There's no impediment to giving caused by a mendicant (monk)
      Gone out (for alms) at the proper time;
      And it can't be said that the coming of someone conferring vows
      Is an impediment for becoming a monastic.

      (106) Alms-seekers are plentiful in this life,
      But scarce are those who cause (me) harm,
      Because no one will cause me harm
      If I haven't harmed them like this (in past lives).

      (107) Therefore, I shall be delighted with an enemy
      Who's popped up like a treasure in my house,
      Without having had to be acquired with fatigue,
      Since he becomes my aide for bodhisattva behavior.

      (108) It's because of its having been actualized
      through this one and me (having met)
      That a fruit of patience (comes about);
      (So,) let me award it first to him,
      For he was, like this, the (earlier) cause of my patience.

      (109) Suppose I said, "But he had no intention for (me)
      to actualize patience,
      So this enemy isn't someone to be honored."
      Well, how is it that the hallowed Dharma is honored
      As suited to be a cause for actualizing (it)?

      (110) Suppose I said, "But this enemy's intention was to cause me harm,
      So he can't be honored."
      Well, how could patience be actualized by me
      If, like a doctor, he were intent on my benefit?

      (111) Therefore, since patience arises dependently
      From his vicious intention,
      This one himself is fit to be honored like the hallowed Dharma,
      Because he's a cause of my patience.

      (112) Thus, the Sage has spoken of the field of limited beings
      As well as the field of the Triumphant,
      (For,) having made them happy, many have gone, thereby,
      To the far-shore of excellence.

      (113) When the acquisition of a Buddha's Dharma (attainments)
      Is equally due to (both) limited beings and the Triumphant,
      What kind of order is it that the respect shown to limited beings
      Is not like that to the Triumphant?

      (114) The preeminence of an intention is not from itself,
      But due to its result, and by that, the preeminence
      Of that which is had by limited beings is, in fact, the same;
      And because of that, they are equal.

      (115) Whatever is honored in having a loving intention (toward them),
      That, in fact, is the greatness (coming) from limited beings;
      And whatever positive force there is in confident belief in the Buddhas,
      That, in fact, is the greatness from the Buddhas.

      (116) It's the share they have
      in actualizing a Buddha's Dharma (attainments),
      And because of that, they're asserted as their equals;
      But, of course, no one can be the equal of the Buddhas
      In endless oceans of excellent qualities.

      (117) If even a speck of the excellent qualities
      Of the unique syntheses of the best excellent qualities
      Were to be seen somewhere, an offering of the three planes of existence
      Would be inadequate for honoring it.

      (118) Since a share giving rise to a Buddha's
      Foremost Dharma (attainments) exists in limited beings,
      It's fitting that limited beings be honored,
      In accordance with this very share.

      (119) Further, besides making limited beings happy,
      What other repayment is there
      For those who befriend them without pretension
      And help them beyond any measure?

      (120) Since it would repay them to benefit those for whose sake
      They sacrifice their bodies and plunge into joyless realms
      of unrelenting pain,
      Then even if these (limited beings) should cause great harm,
      Everything wholesome is to be done (for them).

      (121) For the sake of even, in this case, my master himself,
      They disregard even their own bodies.
      So how can I, bewildered about this, act with pride
      And not act in the nature of a servant?

      (122) The Sages delight in their happiness
      And enter into distress at their injury;
      And so, in (my) bringing them joy,
      the Sages will all have become delighted,
      And in bringing them harm, the Sages will have been hurt.

      (123) Just as there could be no mental pleasure from desirable objects
      For someone whose body were completely on fire,
      Likewise, there's no way to delight the Greatly Compassionate Ones
      When limited beings have, in fact, been harmed.

      (124) Therefore, whatever displeasure I've brought
      to all the Greatly Compassionate Ones,
      By my having caused harm to limited beings,
      I openly admit, today, that negative deed,
      And request the Sages, please bear with that displeasure you have.

      (125) From now on, for the sake of delighting
      the Thusly Gone (Buddhas),
      I shall act, with definite restraint, as a servant to the world.
      Let mobs of people kick me in the head with their feet or
      even beat me to death, I shall not venture (anything back).
      Let the Guardians of the World take delight!

      (126) There's no doubt that Those with a Compassion Self-Nature
      Have taken all wandering beings (to be the same) as themselves.
      The very nature they've seen as the essential nature of limited beings
      Is those Guardians' self-nature,
      so why don't I show (them the same) respect?

      (127) Just this, is what brings pleasure to the Thusly Gone (Buddhas);
      Just this, is what perfectly accomplishes my own aims as well;
      Just this, is what dispels the world's suffering too;
      Therefore, let it be just this, that I always shall do.

      (128) For example, even when some member
      of the royal court
      Is harming the public,
      Farsighted people do not hurt him back
      Even if they're able,

      (129) For that one, (acting) like this, is not alone:
      On the contrary, the king's power and might are his military forces.
      Likewise, some lowly person creating harm
      Is not to be belittled,

      (130) For his armed forces are the guards of the joyless realms
      And all the Compassionate Ones.
      So, like a commoner toward a violent king,
      I shall make all limited beings be pleased.

      (131) Should even such a king be enraged (with me),
      Could he inflict the pain of a joyless realm,
      Which is what I'd be brought to experience
      By having made limited beings displeased?

      (132) Should even such a king be pleased (with me),
      It's impossible that he could bestow Buddhahood,
      Which is what I'd be brought to attain
      By having made limited beings be pleased.

      (133) (Leave aside) seeing that the future attainment of Buddhahood
      Arises from making limited beings be pleased,
      Don't you see that, at least in this life, great prosperity,
      Fame, and happiness come?

      (134) (Moreover), with beauty and so on,
      freedom from sickness, and fame,
      Someone with patience, while still in samsara,
      Gains extremely long life and the abundant pleasures
      Of a universal chakra king.

      - Shantideva from Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior, translated from the Tibetan, as clarified by the Sanskrit by Alexander Berzin




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