Question 1. Explain the commonly heard phrase “we are our own worst enemies” from a Buddhist perspective. Focus specifically on how it relates to the practice of patience.
Question 2. What’s the difference between true patience and a “grit your teeth and bear it” attitude?
Question 3. We live in a very fast paced culture where in some ways, patience is no longer considered a virtue — it’s almost been made obsolete, or irrelevant; perhaps it’s even archaic. What advice would you give to the many people who turn to the Dharma in times of distress during their lives and then give up their Dharma practice because they lack patience?
Meditation (you don’t need to prepare a written response for this)
Is it easier for you to be patient with others or with yourself?