37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - Verse 20

Ken McLeod

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Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with the 20th verse. Watch the other videos here.

If you don’t subdue the opponent inside, your own anger,
Although you subdue opponents outside, they just keep coming.
Muster the forces of loving kindness and compassion
And subdue your own mind—this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

What strategies do you employ to deal with anger, the enemy inside?

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fishman.ellen's picture

I was a very angry person for a long time. Quiet, patient on the outside and as you said, using loving kindness and compassion in a delusional way-as a weapon instead of a true arising, that whenever I did get angry it was like a Jekyll and Hyde existence. The people around me would be astonished at its force. Oh, the enemy I was to myself and others.

Once I became aware that it was MY anger which was really in opposition to what was, which took a long time to recognize, I began going silent, more introspective.
The silence allowed me to watch then sense the anger within me grow. I tried to train myself to be patient with this anger. Read and practiced and wrote, got feedback from others and listened to that feedback rather than hide from it. Which has taken years to do.

Anger is ugly, watch the angry person and you see such vehemence emerging from them that it is easy to go into defense mode. Yet the anger often has much need in it. My anger is no different. I want, long desire to have things fair to me. I want, want, want to be noticed and blah, blah blah...

I used a variety of strategies to do this work, one is your phrase, "My problem is, I believe my feelings", which is found in your book, Wake up to your Life. I would chant that whenever a situation would occur that allowed me to feel, really feel.

I listened to 8Fold path podcasts found on Unfettered Min among others. I took on the phrase- Practice is my lIfe, to heart. Every moment I can, I practice.

Am I free from anger, no but I am struggling less, and less.

Thanks for the opportunity,