A series of talks based on Don’t Believe Everything You Think given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in March 2013. The book is a commentary on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.
To Bodhisattvas who want a wealth of virtue
Those who harm are like a precious treasure.
Therefore, towards all cultivate fortitude
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
- Fortitude is a mind of inner strength that can bear difficulties and hardships and deal with them
- Our usual response to those we don’t like is to harm them physically or verbally
- The verse advises us to see them differently and take an opposite approach
- Those who harm us give us the opportunity to develop fortitude
- Changing our perspective on the situation so there is no anger to start with
- If we can calm our mind, we can look at the situation and see what is a useful reaction that will benefit ourselves and others
SDD 27: Having a steady mind (download)