Shantideva: Anger Management – Ep. 43

We all know what anger is. When a situation is going wrong for us — when something we wanted to see happening doesn’t, or when something we don’t want to see happening is happening — we get frustrated. That frustration is a fuel of anger. Some people may advise: “Just swallow your anger,” but if you still are feeling angry and are merely not expressing it, your anger can become internalized and make you depressed. Therefore other people choose to express it… But there are also other ways to approach it. In this podcast Professor Thurman talks about anger. Drawing from the Way of the Bodhisattva, the renowned work of the famous Buddhist scholar and saint Shantideva , he explains the ways of preventing anger from overwhelming you.

This episode is an excerpt from the lecture given at Tibet House US in New York City, November 4, 2015, as part of a lecture series called “The Infinite Lifestyle: The Nalanda Path of Transcendent Perfections.”


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