The Tibetan word soe-pa which is here translated as "patience" has various connotations. Literally speaking, soe-pa means "forbearance," and in its verbal form it means "to withstand" or "to endure something," as in the case of "to endure hardships." However, when soe-pa is used to describe a quality, as in the case of a person's character, its meaning is best understood as "tolerance." In Tibetan, a person who possesses a developed character of tolerance is said to be "great in soe-pa."

Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Healing Anger by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, translator