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Is patience a virtue?

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Is patience a virtue?

The short answer is "no".  There are seven things; concepts, ideas, or qualities that are generally considered as a "virtue" but patience is not one of them.   The seven virtues are sometimes called the Seven Holy Virtues and consist of the Four Cardinal Virtues (from ancient Greek philosophy) and the three Theological Virtues (from the letters of Saint Paul of Tarsus). They are as follows: THE FOUR CARDINAL VIRTUES Prudence: also known as "Providence" (from the Latin Providentia; to see ahead).  It is the ability to discern between good and evil and, as such, all the other Virtues stem from it. ...

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A note on "OM"

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A note on "OM"

Om is the name of God/the universe/all of creation according to the ancient Indian Hindu texts known as the Upanishads.  As the story goes, Brahman (absolute reality/God) was one and non-dual.  Brahman thought, "I am only one - may I become many."  This caused a vibration which eventually became sound.  This sound was OM.  Thus, OM is the closest vibration/sound that we can get to God. In Sanskrit, OM translates to avati or Rakuati which means, "The one who protects or sustains."  In essence: God. So, OM is both a name for God and a sound that can be chanted...

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Kodo's first book on Buddhist meditation and prayer is available online!

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Kodo's first book on Buddhist meditation and prayer is available online!

Kodo san's first book on Buddhist meditation and prayer is available online!

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