The Six Paramitas: Patience

November 22, 2021   |   9 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 21:26.

Dear Open Heart Project,

I’m happy to send you this, the third video in our series on the six paramitas or transcendent actions.

As you may recall, these are the actions we can take to create the world we want to live in, one where sanity, decency, kindness, and love reign supreme. I realize that can be hard to believe at this time where there is so much uncertainty, divisiveness, and groundlessness. But remember–the paramitas don’t describe ordinary actions but transcendent ones.

The first paramita we discussed was Generosity, followed by Discipline. Today we come to the third, patience. Please have a listen and let me know what you think. And remember: this is not about endless forbearance or putting up with craziness. Transcendent patience has the power to move mountains.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Anette

    Thank you Susan, πŸ™

    Some thoughts are :
    1) How to overcome other people’s aggression? Understanding ways to transcendent the aggression I received verbally during my early year’s.
    Is that stored in the cells memory ?
    So I tried many different methods the last years. How don’t fight with anything.

    What example do you recommend to just not be in the way and leave the energy go into destroy themselves?

    Example someone used aggressive speech towards someone else or yourselves.
    You hear it, your heart feels it so how let desolve with not being in the way , no resonance body?

    (I used to give a coin on the table ,when a person called me bad names . It leads to that I didn’t felt hurt ,but the other person thought she can continue, because I don’t fight back. )

    So my question developes : how to be respectful and patient ❀️
    Love Anett

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Anett, these are such good and important questions. I wish I had easy or good answers! In the meantime, it is clear that you are respectful and patient with them already… Much love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Inma

    Thank you Susan. I found remarkably useful the Paramitas teachings for my everyday life even if just to be aware of them, even when I am not responding beyond my own thoughts and ideas, being aware of them makes recognise where the path lands and I don’t feel lost. Also thank you for the way you transmit them, very close to my heart and my practice.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I share all your feelings about the paramitas, Inma. Thank you for practicing together. Warmly, S

      • Posted by:  Inma

        Thanks for your words Susan πŸ’•

  • Posted by:  Sue aka Shiwa Chotso

    In a long-ago talk, you referred to patience as “forbearance.” I would amend it to be forbearance with curiosity. Forbearance seems to bring in the concept of being with what is, and the curiosity part takes me beyond the face of the issue, to look (individually examine, if you will) for the sources. Extending beyond forbearance gets to impermanence. Slogan #42 reads, “Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.” Part of this is being patient with oneself and maintaining a sense of perspective – not always easy, but I find that being curious is the helping cue for perspective. Thank you for once again presenting the six Paramitas. Always more to learn.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      forbearance with curiosity–I LOVE THAT. you are such an excellent student and therefore an excellent teacher. thank you.

  • Posted by:  Leslie H GUSTASON

    Thank you Susan. As always very grateful to practice together. Thank you for your teachings and for the Open Heart Project. ~ Leslie

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Leslie, it is so great to practice together. Much love, S

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