Understanding anger

Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds,” Chapter 6, Verses 22-34

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 Yeshe Gyaltsen Center in Cozumel.

  • Applying the Dharma to our present situation
  • Review on the fortitude of enduring physical suffering
  • Verses on the fortitude of practicing the Dharma (22 to 26)
    • Working with anger towards inanimate objects
    • Reflecting on others’ conditioning to awaken our compassion for them
    • Understanding the causes of anger
    • How daily practice stops the conditions for anger
    • Overcoming self-criticism by being aware of our buddha nature
  • Summary of verses refuting the tenets of non-Buddhist systems (27-31)
  • Keeping a happy mind influences our environment positively
  • Questions and answers
    • Relating responsibly to our past conditioning
    • Why we have different levels of tolerance towards others
    • Our misplaced expectations towards intelligent people

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.