Happiness vs. Anger

Find A Way To Peace & Happiness

‘The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels’ by Atisha Dipamkara was discussed on the weekend. The text is included in ‘Mind Training: The Great Collection’.

The following lines seemed to be well suited to this blog.

Drop any feelings of hostility or ill will,
And be happy, wherever you choose to go.

Should you find a way to peace and happiness,
Strive constantly to put it into practice.

Happiness is something that everyone wants and needs. It falls under two categories:

  1. Temporary happiness: We can take joy and pleasure in mundane activities. But they are still in the nature of suffering, still within samsara.
  2. Long term happiness: This is only achieved through transforming the mind.

Anger & Karma

It seems that many concepts in Buddhism are easy to understand but difficult to put into practice.

For example, if I really understood the laws of karma then I simply wouldn’t become angry. To be honest, I do become angry all too often over very trivial things.

Anger & Bad Decisions

No good decisions are made when I am angry. I often make bad decisions and say things that I regret. Anger innevitably leads to harming others. If I didn’t want to harm others then I wouldn’t get angry. By harming others then I create future suffering for myself.

Prevention Is Easier Than A Cure

So if I really understood the law of karma then I would stop anger in it’s tracks. Like many other viruses, prevention is easier than a cure. If I can catch anger in it’s tracks before it escalates. I don’t mean when I am red faced and full of adrenaline, I mean much earlier on in the process. Maybe when it is just irritation. Maybe when I am busy making excuses for why I deserve to be angry and I am qualifying my actions before I do them.

There are lots of stages in the process before I am making bad decisions and saying things that I regret. But it is on me to try to stop the process before it gathers momentum.

Source: This article was based on a teaching by Geshe Thupten Wangchen. Any mistakes or misunderstandings are completely my own.