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Anger poisons our happiness

A talk given at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 10, 2005.

The poison of anger

  • Anger poisons our happiness and makes us poison the happiness of others
  • The way we describe a situation to ourselves determines our experience
  • How to deal with anger

Poisonous attitude of anger 01 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Techniques to change patterns of attachment
  • Meditation techniques to develop compassion
  • Dealing with loneliness and changing relationships
  • Anger and assertiveness
  • Changing patterns of hostility

Poisonous attitude of anger 02 (download)

Also refer to Section II of Open Heart, Clear Mind: Working Effectively with Emotions.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.