The Perfection of Patience - The Ovada-patimokkha I
We read in the Commentary to the “Basket of Conduct” (Miscellaneous Sayings) about the defilements which can arise in the process of developing the perfections. When one is developing the perfection of patience the defilement can arise of “discriminating thoughts of oneself and others.”
For some people patience is limited, they have patience only with regard to some people and only sometimes. They compare another person with themselves and this is a condition for impatience. We should know that the defilement of discriminating thoughts of oneself and others hinders the development of patience. We read in the same section of the Commentary that one can be misled by the defilement of craving and that this hinders the development of all the perfections.
In the Ovada-patimokkha the Buddha exhorted the monks to have patience. There are two kinds of Patimokkha: the Ovada-patimokkha and the Åna- patimokkha. The Ovada-patimokkha, the exhortation to the Patimokkha, is an important principle of teaching or instruction. The Åna-patimokkha are the rules of the Vinaya which are an important foundation to be applied by the monks in their conduct. In the Ovada-patimokkha the Buddha taught the significance of the perfection of patience in three stanzas and in addition two more verses.
We read in the “Sublime Story” (Mahapadana Sutta, Dialogues of the Buddha II, no. XIV):
khantí paramang tapo titikkha: forbearing patience is the highest ascetism.
nibbanang paramang vadanti Buddha: nibbana is supreme, the Buddhas say.
na hi pabbajito parupaghati: he, verily, is not a recluse who harms another.
samano hoti parang vihethayanto: nor is he an ascetic who oppresses others.
sabba-papassa akaranang: not performing evil
kusalassa upasampada: accomplishing what is wholesome, doing all kinds of kusala.
sacitta-pariyodapanang: purification of one’s citta.
etang Buddhanasasanang: this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
anupavado anupaghato: not insulting, not harming.
patimokkhe ca sangvaro: restraint according to the patimokkha
mattanyuta ca bhattasming: knowing moderation in food.
pantanca sayan’ asanang : a secluded dwelling
adhicitte ca ayogo: endeavour as to higher consciousness
(development of calm of citta)
etan Buddhanasasanang: this is the teaching of the Buddhas.”
- Endurance with kusala
- Adhivasana khanti
- The unimpeded weapon of the good I
- The unimpeded weapon of the good II
- Reflection on patience
- Conduct of Buffalo King
- Dhamma Jataka
- Patience is the highest ascetism
- Analysis of the Elements I
- Analysis of the Elements II
- Analysis of the Elements III
- Analysis of the Elements IV
- Analysis of the Elements V
- Analysis of the Elements VI
- Analysis of the Elements VII
- Analysis of the Elements VIII
- Analysis of the Elements IX
- Analysis of the Elements X
- Analysis of the Elements XI
- When perfections is completed
- A wise man & a dull witted man
- He cannot endure
- The danger of impatience
- Right & wrong kind of patience
- The Ovada-patimokkha I
- The Ovada-patimokkha II
- The Ovada-patimokkha III
- It takes an endlessly long time
- Kassapamandiya Jataka I
- Kassapamandiya Jataka II
- Kassapamandiya Jataka III