Training the Mind: Verse 5 & 6

When others, out of jealousy
Treat me wrongly with abuse, slander, and scorn,
May I take upon myself the defeat
And offer to others the victory.

The point that is made here is that when others provoke you, perhaps for no reason or unjustly, instead of reacting in a negative way, as a true practitioner of altruism you should be able to be tolerant towards them. You should remain unperturbed by such treatment. In the next verse we learn that not only should we be tolerant of such people, but in fact we should view them as our  spiritual teachers. It reads:

When someone whom I have helped,
Or in whom I have placed great hopes,
Mistreats me in extremely hurtful ways,
May I regard him still as my precious teacher.

In Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, there is an extensive discussion of how we can develop this kind of attitude, and how we can actually learn to see those who perpetrate harm on us as objects of spiritual learning. And also, in the third chapter of Chandrakirti’s Entry to the Middle Way, there are profoundly inspiring and effective teachings on the cultivation of patience and tolerance.


Latest News

Departure from Prague and Arrival in Milan
October 21st 2016
Milan, Italy, 20 October 2016 - Day was just breaking as His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked down the steps of his hotel in Prague this morning. Friends, organizers of his visit and other well-wishers gathered to see him off to the airport. Arriving in Milan, he was welcomed by the Mayor Guiseppe Sala and Tromdho Rinpoche. Driving into the still mist covered city from the airport His Holiness’s first stop was the residence of the Cardinal of Milan, Angelo Scola, who was in the yard to receive him as stepped out of his car.

Visit to the Czech Senate Followed by a Public Talk
October 20th 2016

Forum 2000 - the Courage to Take Responsibility
October 19th 2016

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is Given a Rousing Welcome to Prague in Hradcanske Square
October 18th 2016

Comenius University in the Morning—Addressing the Public in the Afternoon
October 17th 2016