Sunday, March 13, 2016

"In seeking to eliminate anger and hatred, the intentional cultivation of patience and tolerance is indispensable.  You could conceive of the value and importance of patience and tolerance in these terms:  Insofar as the destructive effects of angry and hateful thoughts are concerned, you cannot get protection from these from wealth.  Even if you are a millionaire, you are still subject to the destructive effects of anger and hatred.  Nor can education alone give you a guarantee that you will be protected from these effects.  Similarly, the law cannot give you such guarantees or protections.  Even nuclear weapons, no matter how sophisticated the defense system may be, cannot give you the protection or defense from these effects..."
     The Dalai Lama paused to gather momentum, then conclude in a clear, firm voice,  "The only factor that can give you refuge or protection from the destructive effects of anger and hatred is your practice of tolerance and patience."  ( The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, pg, 253)

Wise words for these times.

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