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Practice loving kindness to overcome anger


The Buddha taught the following to his son Rahula

“Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return.
Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.
Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.
Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because that is. Myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.
I call these the four immeasurables. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.”

From “Old path white clouds” by Thich Nhat Hahn

One response

  1. anger that wells up is from fears and frustrations – and it is inspiring – to take action… replacing it by action is fine but the source of it must be dealt with. The wisdom here is in the multiple changes and practicing non-attachment with acts of kindness and watching that the kindness is making life go better all around in others is the key to healing the past and letting it go. The past is nothing – it is not real – the emotion that is associated with the frustrations and losses of the past is the source for anger – it is rooted in resentments. We don’t get what we want; we get what we are.
    ~ Eric

    January 27, 2014 at 6:39 am

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