Anger and the practice of patience

A talk given at the Kaki Bukit Prison School, Singapore.

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  • Part 1

    • Anger exaggerates negative qualities
    • Anger brings the opposite of what we want
    • Anger shows itself in many ways
    • We’re responsible for our anger

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    Part 2

    • Anger creates dramas in which we’re the star
    • Anger depends on perspective
    • Self-centeredness creates unhappiness
    • The antidote to self-centeredness is love and compassion for others
    • Focus on how we treat others rather than how they treat us
    • Responding to others in a kind, steady and stable manner indicates strength, not weakness

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    Questions and answers: Part 1

    • Patience is having a calm mind even though you’re suffering
    • Aggression is usually the result of unhappiness
    • Responding to others’ suffering depends on the situation
    • If gossiping is present, excuse yourself, divert the energy, change the topic, humor

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    Questions and answers: Part 2

    • Learning to be quiet with yourself doesn’t require religious involvement
    • Be content with what we have rather than be influenced by society
    • Make a positive contribution
    • Determine what’s important
    • Know your bad habits/weaknesses
    • Take the five precepts, preferably in front of a spiritual teacher

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    Questions and answers: Part 3

    • All Buddhist traditions can be traced back to the Buddha
    • Each tradition may have helpful methods
    • Generate motivation first thing in the morning
    • Throughout the day, remember (be mindful of) your motivation
    • Review the day

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