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Transforming anger into compassion

Transforming anger into compassion

A talk given in Sydney, Australia at the Association of Engaged Buddhists

  • Why we get angry. It’s not coming from outside
  • We try to arrange the world and everyone in it to the way we want, but it doesn’t cooperate
  • Anger usually produces the opposite result of what we want
  • It’s important to learn how to work with our anger when we are socially engaged or our mind becomes like those we are protesting
  • We don’t have to have anger to know that something is wrong or to correct a social injustice. Compassion is a better motivator to correct social injustice
  • Developing a mind of fortitude so that we don’t succumb to anger
  • Comparing the different responses of the Palestinians and the Tibetans to losing their homeland
  • What we can do in conflict situations to avoid anger and respond more effectively

Working with anger (download)

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.