On Saturday, October 26 at 3:00 PM, Thich Nhat Hahn, in a public talk at the Paramount Theatre, in Oakland, CA spoke on “Refreshing Our Hearts” One of the means found to be most interesting is through suffering. This was of particular interest to me for it brings to clarity a bible passage I never really understood.
Galatians 5:22-26 King James version …But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law…
Understanding and compassion is born from suffering per Thich Nhat Hahn. In the newer bible translations, “long Suffering” is replaced by the word “patience” After hearing this modern mystic, the suffering, long suffering and anything long in temperance makes the newer definition and word replacement clear. In addition, patience sounds less punishing, especially for the many who claim to be spiritual; yet not religious. The “fire and brimstone” is diluted if not removed and, long suffering, (patience) understanding, and true love remain.
The uprightness, honor and integrity of patience and how it must be long suffering, supports the understanding of its virtue and why it is proclaimed as so. Whatever the ordeal, situation or circumstance, one must remain steadfast, unbending and unyielding.
Thich Nhat Hahn is traveling and teaching in North America presently, supported by The Thich Nhat Hahn Foundation and Plum Village, non-profit organizations that provide support for Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings of engaged Buddhism. http://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/ and http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/