Working with Anger

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Anger plagues all of us on a personal, national, and international level. Yet we see people, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who have faced circumstances far worse than many of us have faced—including exile, persecution, and the loss of many loved ones—but who do not burn with rage or seek revenge. How do they do it?

Working with Anger presents a variety of Buddhist methods for subduing and preventing anger not by changing what is happening, but by framing it differently. No matter what our religion, learning to work with our anger is effective for everyone seeking personal happiness as well as world peace.

The story behind the book

The Story Behind "Working With Anger"

Venerable Thubten Chodron reads an excerpt

Ven. Chodron reads from "Working With Anger"

A mother’s letter

In August, 2005, Sravasti Abbey sent out an email to our e-list informing them of nearby property for sale. We received a reply from Jobekah and since we didn’t know her, we asked how she heard about the Abbey and our email.

My oldest son was jailed for six months for spousal abuse. Angry all of his life, wearing the weight of a huge chip on his shoulder, there were no words or counsel that would encourage to seek help. We were so very sad when he lost his house, wife, children, and everything he owned during those six months. Read more …

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More teachings about working with anger

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One summer His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to a Los Angeles audience that included a group of inner city youth in fatigues, their camp uniforms, together with their counselors. After his talk, one of the youths asked His Holiness, “People get right in my face and provoke me. How can I not fight back?” She was challenging him, but quite sincere in her request. Read more …


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Rated one of the best spiritual books of 2001
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Working with Anger is a wonderful, wise, and life-changing book. Written in Venerable Thubten Chodron’s characteristic accessible style, generously laced with examples drawn from daily life, the book is filled with practical strategies on how to free ourselves from anger, resentment, and envy. If you are looking for a practical guide to overcome anger and live with greater tolerance, love, and forgiveness, I highly recommend this book.
—Howard C. Cutler, MD, coauthor of The Art of Happiness

In Working with Anger, Thubten Chodron offers us a kind and genuinely helpful guide to handling one of the greatest challenges in living an emotionally intelligent life.
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

By presenting in everyday language the Buddhist methods for overcoming and preventing anger, Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has made accessible time-tested practical guidelines that can be helpful for everyone.
—Alexander Berzin, The Berzin Archives

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