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Working with Anger

An interview with Tibetan teacher Thubten Chodron and an excerpt from her new book.

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© Thubten ChodronWorking With Anger

Venerable Thubten Chodron
Snow Lion Publications: Ithaca, 2001;
156 pp.; $12.95 (paper)

Under the influence of anger, we say and do things that we later regret. Years of trust built with great effort can be quickly damaged by a few moments of uncontrolled anger. In a bout of anger, we treat the people we love most in a way that we would never treat a stranger, saying horribly cruel things or even physically striking those dearest to us. This harms not only our loved ones, but also ourselves, as we sit aghast as the family we cherish disintegrates. This, in turn, breeds guilt and self-hatred, which immobilize us and further harm our relationships and ourselves. If we could tame our anger, such painful consequences could be avoided.

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