Mar 2017
‘The Kindness of the Enemy—Wow, Wow, Wow’ [Video]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in front of a thangka of the Buddha in a restaurant in Paro, Bhutan, May 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a concise teaching last April at Losang Dragpa Centre in Malaysia on “the kindness of the enemy,” now available in a 20-minute video or in a transcript (see below for both).

“What is the advice?” asked Rinpoche. “Take the loss on yourself and offer the victory to others!”

“That,” he emphasized, “is the practice of Buddhism, especially Mahayana Buddhism. That is the advice. That is what the Buddha practiced.”

Rinpoche added, “You don’t fight, peace, then practice patience, good heart, peace. In this way, what happens? It looks like you lost, like you are stupid. People in the world think you don’t know anything, you lost, you are stupid. People in the world think that … [But] in this way, offering the victory and taking the loss on yourself now, for many lifetimes, so many lifetimes, wow, wow, wow, hundreds, thousands you win, you win, all the future you win, you win, so many times, not just one time, so many times you win!”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

At the end of the talk, Rinpoche emphasized that through the practice of patience, the enemy who is angry at you “is giving you enlightenment so that you can free numberless sentient beings from oceans of samsaric sufferings, not only that, you bring them to peerless happiness, cessation of all mistakes and completion of all realizations … so the kindness is wow, wow. Their anger is very needed by you … You understand? So the kindness of the enemy, wow, wow, wow!”

Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche share this teaching on YouTube:

Also, read the transcript of the teaching

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.

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