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.
When we are angry we are blind to reality. Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from […]
Not neglecting generosity, but adding to it, we move to the practice of patience. This we’ve discussed in more detail under the heading of anger management in several recent posts, but I will summarize, as […]
Let’s review anger management as this is our pillar for cultivating compassion. Patience and tolerance are cultivated through transforming anger. Tolerance can easily flourish into love and compassion. Anger management does not mean suppressing our […]