Dale S. Wright

‘The perfection of tolerance is the meditative discipline of working with everything that assaults us, discomforts us, and forces suffering on us. Holding the mind steady, we learn to examine the pain, seeking to locate dimensions of our character that are not so severely affected by apparent crisis and from which we can respond with resolve. Contemplating these, we begin to open a spiritual power no otherwise acessible. Patiently sitting with our suffering entails neither wallowing in it nor celebrating it, but instead promises a freedom from its tyranny. Patience of this sort is far more than passive endurance. It is the energy to pass through suffering without allowing it to get us wholly in its grasp.’ (The Six Perfections)

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