Transforming anger

Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds,” Chapter 6, Verses 70-79

Part of a series of teachings given at various venues in Mexico in April 2015. The teachings are in English with Spanish translation. This talk took place at Centro Cultural Isidro Fabela—Museo Casa del Risco in Mexico City.

  • A story related to the discussion on justice and dignity for victims
  • The relationship between attachment and anger
  • Taking responsibility for our “buttons”
  • The story of “Sam” and “Angelo”
  • Changing our perspective on suffering
    • Rejoicing in purification and cultivating compassion
    • How the suffering we endure in pursuit of worldly concerns is futile
    • Creating merit by doing the taking and giving meditation
  • Stopping anger when our enemies receive praise
  • Questions and answers
    • When someone rejects your apology
    • Being criticized for practicing virtue

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.