Enduring Patience Incinerates Defilements | Magha Puja Ovadapatimokkha | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk at Dhammagiri
On Magha Puja, the full moon in March, 1,250 Arahant disciples spontaneously gathered around the Buddha in the Bamboo Grove Monastery in Rājagaha.
The Buddha then recited the 'Ovadapāṭimokka', a concise summary of his teaching and practice leading to awakening.
The second verse in this poem of only 16 lines starts with:
- "Khantī paramam tapo titikkhā..."
Usually translated as 'Enduring patience is the supreme ascetic practice'.
To emphasize the amazing power patience has in wearing away our 'kilesā' (= mental defilements of greed, hatred and delusion), Ajahn Dhammasiha here translates as 'Enduring patience is the greatest incinerator of defilements'.
Whenever life is tough, difficult, rough, unfair, it's a chance for us to develop khantī, patience.
And we should never underestimate how much we strengthen our character each time we patiently endure, and how much we undermine the kileasā.
Ajahn Chah always emphasized the importance of 'Ot Ton' = Patient Endurance a lot in his style of training.
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