3. Ksanti Paramita: Perfection of Patience

3. Ksanti Paramita: Perfection of Patience

Ksanti is patience, tolerance, forbearance, endurance, or composure. It literally means “able to withstand.” It is said there are three dimensions to ksanti: the ability to endure personal hardship; patience with others; and acceptance of truth.

The perfection of ksanti begins with acceptance of the Four Noble Truths, including the truth of suffering (dukkha). Through practice our attention turns away from our own suffering and toward the suffering of others.

Accepting truth refers to accepting difficult truths about ourselves — that we are greedy, that we are mortal — and also accepting the truth of the illusory nature of our existence.

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