Śāntideva Quotes About Face

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"Where would I find enough leatherTo cover the entire surface of the earth?But with leather soles beneath my feet,It's as if the whole world has been covered." ~ Śāntideva
"For a practitioner of love and compassion, an enemy is one of the most important teachers. Without an enemy you cannot practice tolerance, and without tolerance you cannon build a sound basis of compassion. So in order to practice compassion, you should have an enemy.When you face your enemy who is going to hurt you, that is the real time to practice tolerance. Therefore, an enemy is the cause of the practice of tolerance; tolerance is the effect or result of an enemy. So those are cause and effect. As is said, "Once something has the relationship of arising from that thing, one cannot consider that thing from which it arises as a harmer; rather it assists the production of the effect." ~ Śāntideva
"Unruly beings are as unlimited as spaceThey cannot possibly all be overcome,But if I overcome thoughts of anger aloneThis will be equivalent to vanquishing all foes.Where would I possibly find enough leatherWith which to cover the surface of the earth?But (wearing) leather just on the soles of my shoesIs equivalent to covering the earth with it.Likewise it is not possible for meTo restrain the external course of things;But should I restrain this mind of mineWhat would be the need to restrain all else?" ~ Śāntideva
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