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    Summer 1985 Paid Member

    The new neighbors were hidden from view by the spruce that covered the rise separating our properties. From behind the trees came the buzzing of saws, and the banging of nails. Through my kitchen window I watched their truck struggling up the steep incline toward the building site, weighted with lumber and gyp rock. Sometimes I watched them walking on the road. A man, a woman, a kid, a dog. More »
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    Shantideva Patience Paid Member

    Whatever wholesome deeds,Such as venerating the Buddhas, and generosity,That have been amassed over a thousand aeonsWill all be destroyed in one moment of anger.There is no evil like hatred,And no fortitude like patience.Thus I should strive in various waysTo meditate on patience.My mind will not experience peaceIf it fosters painful thoughts of hatred.I shall find no joy or happiness,Unable to sleep, I shall feel unsettled.A master who has hatredIs in danger of being killedEven by those who for their wealth and happinessDepend upon his kindness.Hence the enemy, anger,Creates sufferings such as these,But whoever assiduously overcomes itFinds happiness now and hereafter.Therefore I should totally eradicateThe fuel of this enemy;For this enemy has no other functionThan that of causing me harm.Whatever befalls meI shall not disturb my mental joy; More »
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    Color-Blind Fury Paid Member

    I need to find a way to deal with my anger at racism before it overwhelms me. Although I behave in a civilized manner—I don’t scream at or beat or kill anyone—anger festers within me, keeping me from being aware of my own power and potential. Buddhism provides concrete methods to deal with anger; however, it is difficult to practice the precepts while under constant attack. I think of the Zen Buddhist story about the traveling monks who were suddenly confronted by assailants. One monk chose to sit and meditate while the others ran off. His screams as he was murdered were heard a great distance away. This is my dilemma, too. The monks’ situation is relevant to me: In moments of personal instability and crisis, how is Buddhism practiced? More »
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    The Deluding Force Paid Member

    I sometimes get angry when I feel I’ve been treated unjustly or when I feel others have been treated that way. I will get angry if I have worked very hard to complete a project, and someone blames me if it doesn’t work or assumes I didn’t try hard. I try to wait for the feeling to wash through me. As empowering as it can be to feel anger sometimes, I find that I invariably regret acting from that feeling. Anger is an incredibly deluding force. It tends to give one tunnel vision and a very limited sense of options. More »
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    Angry Faces Paid Member

    “Man, Jarvis. Are you watching the news?” my new neighbor asked from the next cell one evening. I was relaxing, reading a book about meditation. “I have it on, Omar, but I’m not really watching it,” I answered, glancing up at my television. “Why, what’s up?” “Ah, man! Check out Channel Seven. They showing a Ku Klux Klan rally in Louisiana. Man, just look at all those Klansmen screaming and shouting all that white supremacy garbage. Get this: all these idiots is talking about how all the Jews and Blacks are destroying this country. Did you hear what they were saying?” “Nah, man. I missed it. I have the volume turned down. I’m just using the light to read by. I did see a bunch of angry faces and racist posters, though.” More »
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    Putting Down the Arrow Paid Member

    This article is featured in Tricycle Teachings: Anger. Sustaining and supporting members can download the e-book for free here. More »