Zentraveler on overcoming anger Zen Fable!

Overcoming Anger

A Zen student said to his teacher, “ Master, I have an ungovernable temper. Help me get rid of it.” “ You have something very strange,” said the teacher. “Show it to me.” Right now I cannot show it to you.” “Why not?” It arises suddenly.” “ Then it cannot be your own true nature,” said the teacher, “if it were, you would be able to show it to me at any time. Why are you allowing something that is not yours to trouble your life?” Thereafter whenever the student felt his temper rising he remembered his teacher’s words and checked his anger. In time, he developed a calm and placid temperament. —–dimdima.com

This anger thing can destroy your life if you let it take hold of you. Of course like anything else if you have the knowledge you can conquer anything. The easiest way to conquer anger is to begin a meditation program. One of the easiest methods to master is to simply breathe in and say: “bad air in” and exhale saying: “good air out.” Start with short five minute sessions and ideally work up to 30 minute sessions twice a day—one 30 minute meditation in the morning and one session right before you go to sleep When your mind is fighting you and running all over the place on speed you can simply say: “thinking” or plug in the ancient Buddha practice of saying “change pegs.” Eventually through practice anger disappears and you can concentrate on other areas of your brain that our helpful to our planet.

It is also helpful to have a strong talk with yourself and decide right here and now that you will only give this anger thing so much of your valuable time and that’s it. For example I will dedicate ten minutes a day to being angry over the government, Aunt Sally’s inheritance dispute, Uncle Homer’s chewing snuff, kids with loud boom-boxes in their cars, drivers cutting you off etc. — and the list goes on. The rest of the time don’t play into its hands or you will feed it like a starved plant and it will wrap around you like a wild parasite and dominate your life. Haven’t you heard the expression: ” Life’s too short!”

QUOTE: Kuei-shan asked Yun-yen, “What is the seat of enlightenment?” With a short hesitation Yun-yen answered: “Freedom from artificiality.”

– Kuei-shan (771-854)——dailyzen.com

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ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t be a hothead! Use the old rule of counting to 10 and take a few deep breaths. It’s not worth the effort to raise your blood presure or have a heart attack over anger. Chill, Chill, Chill and take the advice of the Jamacians— don’t worry be happy!!!!!!!

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