Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words

This page describes “patience toward beings (sattvakshanti)” as written by Nagarjuna in his Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (lit. “the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) in the 2nd century. This book, written in five volumes, represents an encyclopedia on Buddhism as well as a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita.

Part 2 - Patience toward beings (sattvakṣānti)

Question. – What is patience toward beings (sattvakṣānti)?

Answer. – There are two kinds of beings for the bodhisattva: i) those who cover him with respect (satkāra) and veneration (pūjā), ii) those who hate him, insult him, strike him and torment him. The bodhisattva is able to withstand both kinds: he does not like the man who flatters him; he does not hate the man who harms him. That is patience toward beings.