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On Anger — Ven. Thich Nhat Hahn

If your house is on fire, the most urgent thing to do is to go back and try to put out the fire, not to run after the person you believe to be the arsonist. If you run after the person you suspect has burned your house, your house will burn down while you are chasing him or her. That is not wise. You must go back and put the fire out. So when you are angry, if you continue to interact with or argue with the other person, if you try to punish her, you are acting exactly like someone who runs after the arsonist while everything goes up in flames.”

One thought on “On Anger — Ven. Thich Nhat Hahn

  1. dear sir, I am sending my compliments for your remarks on anger. in this context, i would like to give my opinion regarding anger on the besis of the buddhist viwe. in buddhisam Bhikku or Upasak has to controle wicked thoughts which comes in our mind like anger or dipreation has to be stoped immediatly by conscienc mind through meditetion.

    Most authorities, both Buddhist and secular, seem to believe that the way to handle anger most skillfully is to move beyond it. One wonders if suppressiion is the way to manage that. On the other hand, unlike the Ven. Thich Nhat Hahn, who actually wrote the remarks I posted, I am not a scholar. I just sit.

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