The phrase cultivate is wearing the Buddha's robe, according to
the Dharma Flower Sutra, or Lotus
Sutra(saddharmapuṇḍarīka-sūtra) there is a verse describing how
we share the teaching with people. The verse is as follows:
- Great compassion to build a house
Robe harmony and patient
The emptiness dharmas (the silent nature of all phenomena) make
There, tell everyone
Housing here implied your mind. In great compassion, your mind
embraces everything. Your love is so great that it can cover all
human beings. Everyone in this world is your family. However,
because there are so many types of people in this world, it is
very difficult for you to get along with them. To be harmony
with them, you must do as the verse in the Lotus Sutra teaches:
- You must wear a meek robe and patience.
So, the phrase cultivates is wear the Buddha's robes to mean
that, when you enter the path of cultivating, you must wear
Buddha's robes. In other words, you have to practice the meek
deed and patience. Therefore, for any young monks or nuns, when
they renunciant their family who are ordained, they must wear a
yellow robe. And any Buddhist Layman who has taken refuge in
Three Gem has already taken the five precepts, they must wear a
gray robe to worship Buddha. And when you wear the yellow robes
or gray robe, you understand that it is a meek robe and
patience. Indeed, do you see any monks or nuns who wear the
yellow robe or Buddhist Layman who wear the gray robe that
fights together in the temple? Not seen yet! Because when you
already wear this yellow robe or gray robe, it always reminds
you of the spirit of the patience and meekness and motivates you
to try to live in accordance with this spirit.
I am sure of this because once I heard a Buddhist Layman
recount, once or twice someone made him angry in the retreat. He
wants to take off his gray robe to respond to the person who
made him angry, but after thinking about putting on the gray
robe was the patience and meek robe, so he no longer calculated
more the gain or loss to him. Thus, the gray robe, however, is
soft, simple but not only the physical robe that you wear on the
outside, but it also reminds you to wear this meek robe and
patience in your mind all the time.
With the meek and patience robe is the quality that always
exists inside a Buddhist Layman; because there, there is
Buddha-nature. You often forget your Buddha-nature and the way
to return to Buddha-nature is to practice meek and patience
deed. When others look at you, they look at behaviors and
attitudes, which reveal a great deal about your inner self and
your practice. Just as your body must have the clothing, your
mind must also dress in harmony and patience robe. About the
meaning of patience.
According to the common way of thinking of the world, patience
is to endure adversity, unintentional things, to be at peace, to
avoid disadvantage for yourself; Or endure to gain position and
fame in life, etc. Patience in the above ways just to achieve
your intentions; so, you always cherish resentment, affliction
in your heart, wait until the opportunity you will take revenge.
Thus, you have no peace, can not self-control, no benefits for
yourself and others.
According to the great master D. T. Suzuki explains the meaning
of patience as follows:
Patience is not feeling frustrated when faced with bad things.
Patience always treats anger, hatred, objection, obnoxiousness,
dislike, toxicity, malevolence, malice, etc... Therefore,
patience is defined as a release from an angry mind and
excitement; At the same time forgive hurt and insult.
According to the Vimalakirti Sutra, forbearance is the Pure Land
of the Boddhisattva. The reason Boddhisattva has thirty-two
solemn good marks is due to the practice of forbearance because
forbearance will make the beauty harmonious, healthy body.
Moreover, patience is one of the six pāramitā dharmas which is
the practice for the attainment of the Boddhisattva path.
Boddhisattva who has attained the dharma of paramitas such as
Ksitigarbla Boddhisattva, Avalokitesvara Boddhisattva, Manjushri
Boddhisattva, Samantabhadra Boddhisattva, Honourable Ananda,
etc. These Boddhisattvas, after achieving Kshantiparamitand and
making great vows to save sentient beings without end.
Practitioners of patience must practice on three aspects of
body, speech, and mind. As a Buddhist Layman, when you are aware
of this, then you should generate confidence, listen to the
Buddha's teachings, observe the world, cultivate your body and
mind. It is such, your present life can be peace and happiness,
master sovereign, the future hopes to be born in a better realm,
or life will have better conditions and cause.
Once you are aware of the truth, you will not complain about
earth and heaven, once you have realized that your body and mind
no longer create bad karma, then you and all sentient beings
will live in tranquility, establishing the pure land right here
in the human world. So from now on in your present life, develop
your mind to practice one of the extraordinary methods taught by
Buddha, that is forbearance deed.
As once said, when you practice forbearance deed, you must
practice in three aspects: Body, speech, and mind patience.
How is called forbearance of the body?
To be considered body's forbearance means that you must control
your body from three aspects: Not killing, no stealing, no
1. Do not Kill
That is to tame yourself not to run after lusts, desires, just
because of satisfaction for eating or because of the hatred,
anger resentment that you kill the lives of all living
creatures. In the Scriptures and Vinaya which teaches that from
Buddhas, Saints, monks, and parents to small species as insects,
kill them by yourself, or tell others to kill or see the killer
of a creature who is happy with the killer, all are guilty of
killing. Because all sentient beings have life, they also need
life and are afraid of death, so you must not intentionally
kill. According to the Ten Virtuous Sutra, the Buddha teaches
- All sentient beings because different thoughts should create
different karma so that there is samsara in different realms.
Just because humans are wiser than other species, you can kill
all beings to satisfy your own need, without mercy; or if out of
anger you can kill others' live, there you will regret, repent,
or evade legal punishment. To avoid regrets, a well as karmic
retribution in the present and future, you should practice the
forbearance to tame the body of not killing.
2. Do not steal
In your lifetime, at least a couple of times lost. The feelings
of losing one's property, certainly not pleasant. So, you should
not have the greed of steal one's property, even if it's a small
object like a needle or a blade of grass. If because of greed to
used power to steal, or sneak, or to use tricks to deceive,
until not to do but to claim benefits, all belong to theft. The
retribution of theft, if the misdemeanor is to lose faith in
people, be despised, shunned. If serious crimes will go to jail.
As a Buddhist Layman, you should practice mindfulness, all
material possessions are temporary, unsustainable. In order not
to lose human dignity, or to go to jail, when the greedy arises,
you should remember the Buddha's teaching of patience training
to tame craving.
3. No adultery
Every one of you wants to have a peaceful and happy family,
everyone wants to protect and keep your family happy. Use your
thoughts to know the minds of others, live a married life of
faithful husband and wife, restrain yourself, do not lead to
desire, lust, encroachment, and emotional division, the
happiness of others. Presently avoids bad reputation and discord
in the family, peaceful and happy life, not being divided by
others. Therefore, you should practice forbearance, restraint,
and desire for yourself to lead a peaceful, free life.
When you practice forbearance to tame the body without
committing killing, stealing, and adultery, your present life
will be peaceful and happiness and master sovereign life; people
confident, respect, and the future are good and beauty
retribution. Therefore, you should follow the Buddha's teaching,
often contemplate that:
- The human body is made up of four masses elements
The law of impermanent has been available from ancient time to
Use a temporary fake body to live in life,
Cause no longer exist, you return to your old country
How is it orally patience?
That is, the practice of overcoming the words of ignorance,
avoiding compliment or criticism is the cause of the debate
about the things that do not say yes, or the true stories saying
no, etc. Arousing anger, discord in the present life. Oral
patience has four: Do not lie, do not exaggerate, do not speak
disunite, do not speak cruelly.
1. Lie or false speech ie, right say wrong, wrong say right.
Seeing said not seeing, not seeing saying seeing; have knowledge
say there is no knowledge, no knowledge, say is knowledge; good
for bad, bad for good ... Mean lie, untrue, causing others to be
In Buddhism, there is a great sin of lying to those who practice
not enlightenment but boast that they are enlightened. If anyone
commits this crime, they will fall into the evil cult and fall
into the three miserable paths, very dangerous that is the
animal realm, the hell realm, and the hungry ghost realm. So,
you please practice saying the true words that come from being a
compassionate mind and beneficial to everyone.
2. Speaking distorts the truth means use the florid word,
elaborate, frivolous, not true, causing other people to change
their minds, leading to a crazy mind, absent-mindedness, dreams,
wrongdoing, etc. Be a Buddhist Layman, please practice saying
true and right words out of compassion, benefiting for yourself
3. Speaking with two tongues means saying words of separation,
come to this person talking badly of the other person, come to
the other person talking badly of this person, causing
conflicts, dividing feelings of relatives and friends, leading
to controversy and hatred; etc ... is a word of no benefit,
distrust of people. Therefore, you need to practice, speak
honestly so that people can trust and make friends with each
4. Cruel words mean words that are vulgar, abusive, and curse at
others; Speak cruel words that make people ashamed and
humiliated. This is due to anger mind leading to the alienation
of everyone. Therefore, you should practice saying softly,
easily heard, to win, to convert people. In order to accomplish
the practice of the Four All-embracing Virtues, Buddha taught:
If you practice speech patience, mean you do not speak in the
four wrong ways mentioned above. Thus, you have achieved the
pure speech, the word that people trust, love to hear, and
benefit words will bring joy, peace, and happiness to everyone;
to be believed and respected by everyone; So, you have achieved
in one of six rules of harmony that is the unity in
Patience of Mentally
The patience of mentally there are three: Do not be greedy, do
not be angry, do not be ignorant and evil view.
In the Three Karmas: Body, mouth, and mind, the karma of the
mind is the most important. Because the body and the karma of
the mouth create good or evil is the mind control. If the mind
thinks of good things, then the body will create good karma; if
the thought is not honest, then the body will create a
dishonest. It is the same with the karma of the mouth. So, you
need to practice the patience of mind, that is, tame the mind,
not let the mind arising of evil thoughts as greed, hatred, and
delusion are also known as three poisons; often contemplate the
dharmas as impermanence, suffering, non-self, and not let
consciously following the passion of the five sensual pleasures,
leading the body and mouth to create unwholesome karma. In the
Dhammapada Sutra, the Buddha taught that:
- Do no evil deeds,
Do good works,
Keep your mind pure,
Are the words the Buddha taught.
Let's meditate on the forbearance of the Buddha
One time, the Buddha was giving a lecture, suddenly someone
approached and spit in his face. Buddha nonchalantly wipes away
- Anything else? Do you want to ask anything else?
That person was truly surprised since he had not seen anyone
spit on their face in spite of such calmness. Usually, an
insulted person would get angry, responding violently; or, if
the person who is a coward, will be afraid and begged for
forgiveness. However, the Buddha was neither afraid nor
humiliated nor anger, and asked again, leaving him not sure how
Particularly for the disciple of Buddha, it is not so
nonchalantly, The great disciple name is Ananda said:
- We can not be patient with such an event. We will give him a
lesson so he never dares to do it later.
Buddha asked again
- What happened, He doesn't insult me that you need to give him
a lesson? This person came from far away, he must have heard
rumors and said bad things about me. They considered me as an
inferior, atheist, poisoning sentient beings very dangerous, so
he was angry and spit in my face. But he did not spit in my
face, but in his heart, he wanted to spit at the idea that I was
the wicked one.
Seeing his disciples listening, the Buddha explained:
- If you think carefully, then it was he who spits in his mind,
I absolutely did not participate in this. I still feel that this
poor person still has many questions in his heart, so I just ask
if there was anything else. Spitting in my face was a way to
saying something, but I felt that the way of saying it was
inappropriate then I asked him again.
In many cases, especially in a time of hatred, words are utterly
helpless, and only actions can fully manifest one's feelings.
Because he was so angry and unable to speak, he spits in my
face. I knew him very well, so I ask him if he had anything else
While that person was bewildered, listening to the Buddha's
teachings, then Buddha continued:
- All of you have practiced with me for many years, knowing all
too well about the virtue of patience and being angry with him,
you are not yet a monk.
Hearing these words, the strange man was ashamed to leave. At
night, he could not sleep, in his heart tormented about what
happened in the morning. He had never met a wonderful person
like Buddha, so the more he thought, the more he was in complete
crisis; How much knowledge from past to now has ever been turned
upside down. Unable to bear it, the next morning, the strange
man rushed back to the place where the Buddha preached, kneeling
down at his feet. The Buddha then asked:
- What else do you have to say, so you came here such early?
Yesterday you used a way of speaking that language can not
express, today you kneel down and can not speak, that is, also
use an act of expression the mind when language can not be
expressed. So, obviously your language has a problem, so you can
not say what you're thinking and want to say, right?
When This man heard that, he raised his face and sobbed and said
to the Buddha:
- Sir, please forgive all the sin I have done yesterday
Buddha smiled and replied:
- Do you want to apologize to the person who you spit in his
I am not that person. How much water of the Ganges river has
flowed for thousands of years to date, today the water of the
Ganges River is not the water of the Ganges River yesterday.
Each person is like a river, the person you spit in his face is
no longer here. I look like the person you spit in his face, but
I'm not that person.
I can not forgive you, because right now I have nothing to
resent you. Even You are the newcomer, you are not a person
yesterday. The person today is gentle and the person yesterday
is very fierce. The man yesterday spits in my face, and the
person today knelt at my feet; Today you are a completely honest
You are not a violent person, I was not a person of yesterday,
so let's forget about yesterday's thing. Both of us, who spit on
another person's faces, and who have been spat is no more. Now
let's talk about something else.
Through the teachings of Buddha, this man was very touched and
asked to be a Buddhist disciple.
The Buddha is a great example of the virtue of patience that we
all should follow. If you practice seriously, you need to be
ashamed to remain angry with anyone. In my experience, patience
is the ability to accept things as they are, instead of making
things as you wish them to be. When you accept that, you have
the ability to be patient with the mistake, failure,
dissatisfaction, disappointments ... Without giving up what you
think is right. It can be said that patience is a significant
force, nothing can hinder the power of patience. Regarding this
power, a monk asked the Buddha:
- What is the strongest? What is the brightest
Forbearance is the strongest because it does not contain
malevolence, so it increases peace. Forbearance is not evil, it
is revered by all. The pollution mind has been eradicated, no
longer defilement called the brightest. Means all things in the
ten directions, from the beginningless yet heaven and earth
until today, everything is visible, everything is known,
everything is heard; achieve all kind the wisdom; such is called
the brightest. And the Buddha showed out the following eight
1. The power of children is Crying
2. The power of the women is indignation
3. The power of the thief is the weapon
4. The power of a king is the authority
5. The power of the foolish is overwhelming
6. The power of the wise is education
7. The power of a multi-writer is scrutinize
8. The power of the monks is patience
In order to have peace and joy, and liberation in your current
life, as a Buddhist Layman, you should develop the mind to study
Dharma, tame, subdue the three karmas: Bodies, the mouth, and
the thoughts, apply the Buddha's teaching to life daily.
According to the right view of Buddhism, your life, like all
sentient beings is impermanent, temporary, fragile. The
principle of awakening in the door of meditation states that:
- Impermanent, old, sick, never make an appointment with you,
the early morning is still there, but the evening is gone,
suddenly passed away.
So, right now, you should develop the mind to practice to enjoy
the taste of liberation dharma right now in your present life
and future benefits. Firstly
- The first benefit of patience is to help you avoid all the
negative effects of hatred and anger. Hatred and anger can make
you behave foolishly and cause all sins. The hatred and anger
also take away all your good idea. In hatred and anger, nobody
can think of sympathy, forgiveness, or love for others. At that
time you just only think about one thing is how to express your
hatred and anger, turn it into a specific action, harm the
person you are hatred, and anger with. Before you do that, you
feel like being burned in the fire. So, there is a way to call
it very imaginatively, that is the fire of anger.
The practice of patience helps you quell anger right from the
moment it arises so that you can neutralize all its harmful
The second benefit of patience is to create a peaceful living
environment around you. Because the practicing patience helps
you to limit any opposition, contradiction, and conflict; at the
same time resolving resentment, hatred, so of course all
communication between you and those around you is no more
stressful. On the other hand, when you have any conflicts that
arise, all will be resolved in a peaceful way, minimizing all
conflict between two sides.
Just like in the front yard of your house, if you are regularly
clean, There won't be much dirty garbage; Also the same, if
your surrounding is constantly illuminated by the light of
patience, there will not be much conflict, hatred, or
resentment. Therefore, your life will definitely become more
peaceful, and more harmonious.
- The third benefit of patience is to help you to train an
endurance better, more durable. This world is called the world
of patience, for the fact that you must continue to bear
suffering, imperfection, as the indispensable component of life.
In such a world, the best thing you can do is to train yourself
to be able to endure, adapt to all suffering, instead of being
angry or complaining about them. And the practicing patience can
help you do that.
Patience is not a virtue that can be achieved in an isolated
environment. When you have not been angry for many years,
because no one makes you angry, that is not patience at all.
Only in the face of challenging situations, evoking anger that
you can overcome calmly is called patience. And more than that,
it should be noted the factors that I mentioned in the previous
section. That is: There is no anger, no hatred, and no evil
As a Buddhist Layman, the first thing that needs to practice,
you must be forbearance with your circumstance, your
environment; Override your desires so that you and others have a
free and peaceful life. In the current world, scientists, the
authorities are trying in many ways to appeal to people to be
aware of your thought and actions to limit the disaster of
nature that are impacting complete destruction of your own
environment, just because you live up to your own, desires and
lust, you kill and destroy the lives of all beings mercilessly.
It is your action that changes the circumstances, the natural
environment if disasters happen to your life, it is also an
inevitable rule, that is the cause and effect of your own
present. So you should happily accept and do not complain.
Yourselves need to practice forbearance toward others, which is
how we treat people in everyday life, from family to sociality.
Moreover, in life open your heart to love and forgive others'
wrongs. If you are cursed at, insulted, even beat ... You should
learn the Buddha's patience, to use love to touch, do not
resent, hatred because resentment and hatred cannot neutralize
anger, sometimes while still refining the painting in the body,
the resentment piled up, the injustice came many lives after
Moreover, hatred and anger make people lose all their wisdom,
leading to wrong actions, the body, and the mind is not
self-control. In order to avoid regretting regrets about your
action and thoughts when you are angry, you should develop your
mind to practice the deed of gentle and forbearance to overcome
your body and mind. In this way, the present life is peace and
joy, the future will be free from anger and hatred, as the
Buddha once overpower the No - Brain man, the drunken elephant
... only with compassion and wisdom. The Buddha has considered
the Devadatta is good knowledge because Devadatta helped the
Buddha practice of forbearance to attain Buddhahood.
If in life, you have to accept the defilements and anger of
others causing you. As a Buddhist layman, you should contemplate
that, this is your bad karma in the past, be patient, and
forgive, without resentment, to dispel defilements and hatred.
Always remember what the Buddha said:
- Get gracious to pay resentment, then the resentment
dissipates. Get resentment to pay resentment, the more
You can do that, in the present, you can stop anger, stop
arguing, understand others' faults, and relieve resentment in
In Buddhism, patience does not weakness, raffish, but patience
is a positive, discerning attitude led by wisdom. So, when you
run into frustration-free failures, achieve success without
arrogance, that's what patience means.
In happiness, in troubles, in moment ups or downs, you must keep
your mind like earth. Likewise, just as on earth you can throw
out anything, even though sour, sweet, clean, or dirty the
ground is neither angry nor loving. From the Buddhist point of
view, patience is the ability to remain calm, not get angry, not
to react in a hurry when someone causes and humiliates,
threatens, or even harm your life. When you are calm, you may
have time to choose to behave wisely, not be manipulated, and
act with your own anger. There is a story called:
- Do not take action when you are angry
The story is that the year after year, month after month, the
season harvest came again. The king sent people to the
localities to collect taxes. A certain fishing village had an
old fisherman standing in a grumpy manner in front of a samurai
swordsman who was tasked with collecting the money. The old man
- Honestly, I'm sorry this year the crop has failed again, the
rain and the storm are constantly coming, I can't keep any money
to pay you.
The fisherman has been indebted for several years, just like
this, it was difficult to complete to collect the tax collection
duties of the people. The angry Samurai, stripping his sword,
intended to kill the fisherman to set an example for the
villagers. The old man seems to worry, but with a bit of
composure, said slowly:
- In my youth, I also learned material arts, my master taught:
Do not do anything when angry.
Hearing the old fisherman's right words, the Samurai swordsman
look at the old man for a while to probe, and slowly pulled his
sword back into his sheath, then said:
- Your master must be a good person. My teacher also said these
words, but I still can't do it forever, sometimes I get angry
that it is difficult to control my mind. Today looks like you
have a little luck, I have a one year term for you to repay new
and old debts. If you lack a penny, it is difficult for you to
peace your body.
The Samurai swordsman then left, collecting money from the
remaining families, it was late at night by the time he got
home. Because he didn't want to wake his sleeping wife, he
sneaked into the house at the back door. Through the light of
the lamp startled him, as he saw a stranger in samurai armor
lying next to his wife. The jealousy broke out, his seft-esteem
was violently outraged, in his anger he drew his sword and tried
to kill both of them and would end himself. Suddenly the old
afternoon fisherman's words echoed in his ear:
- Don't take action when you're angry
The fisherman word's give him a sense of whether or not to kill.
So, he swung his sword in the air vent his anger. Hearing a
strange sound, two were sleeping wake up and sitting up, at that
time moment the Samurai swordsman realized that on the bed was
his wife and mother-in-law. A moment horror, the samurai
- God, what's going on here! I almost killed both of you!
The wife confuses explain:
- Because you are away from home, late at night alone, I afraid
of the crooks, so I ask my mother to stay with me, pretend to be
a man in armor, to sleep together for me to be assured.
For a while, the cherry blossoms bloom again, the samurai
swordsman has the opportunity to visit the fishing valley to
collect taxes from the people. The samurai swordsman has not yet
entered the courtyard, the old fisherman from the old day comes
out to greet him and cheerfully invited the samurai swordsman to
come to his house to pay the tax. The samurai swordsman looked
at the old man for a moment, then said:
- Come on, you keep that money, the debt for several years
previous is considered to paid!
In short, the gentle and patient conduct is the first virtue to
be performed as a monk or a nun. It is also the number one
practice of lay Buddhists. Wearing the gray robe is that you
have accepted that you must practice gentle and patiently, keep
your trustworthiness and respect above and below in order to
overcome the difficult obstacles on the path.
When you have dressed in the Buddha's clothes, your heart must
practice harmony, perseverance, and be different from others,
meaning you never get angry, because of the bitter and sour
experiences you have to go through. You also never waver about
the compliments you receive. This heart is likened to Buddha's
robe which is never defiled, because of any good and bad
influences from outside. This means that when a Lay Buddhist has
practiced and become a disciple of Buddha, you must uphold this
strong decision, to spread this spirituality study everywhere