Talk 11a: Putting Meditation First -Easwaran comments on Chapter
23, titled “The Elephant”, of the Buddhist scripture, the Dhammapada. The elephant represents
immense strength expressed through great gentleness, qualities we can hope to attain
through the daily, systematic practice of meditation.
Talk 11b: Lessons in Patience - Easwaran speaks in praise of the rarely noticed virtue of patience, and of the animal that symbolizes that quality for him – the elephant. He is commenting on Chapter 23 of the Dhammapada, in which the Buddha offers the elephant as a model of patience, endurance, and tenderness.