Imagining our early anger as a cloud that dissipates, transforming anger into tolerance, can be very effective. Yet to fully get rid of our anger, and all of our destructive emotions like jealousy, pride, greed, and ignorance, we must understand Buddhist wisdom. This is because all the destructive emotions arise due to distorting reality. This we call ‘ignorance’. We take things, especially ourselves, to be permanent, solitary, and independent. As a result when we perceive a threat to our self, we react with aversion, anger, and fear. When we perceive something beneficial, we react with attachment. These harmful emotions push us into action, creating karma. Karma then leads to all kinds of suffering. So to completely uproot anger and the other destructive emotions we must uproot ignorance. The only method is Buddhist wisdom, to understand our self and everything else to be changing moment to moment (impermanent), made of parts, and dependently arising. This is the Buddhist wisdom of dependent arising. This is the Buddhist wisdom of emptiness.
If we are ready, let me mention one more approach to managing anger. Again, the key is early recognition of anger. Get familiar with the signs that happen in you. When you identify these, think, […]
Although we often forget, we have a precious gem inside. The light of this gem is stronger than a thousand million suns. It is unconditional love infused and powered by wisdom. We call this bodhicitta […]
Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to […]