How to overcome anger

Firstly we need to gain a clear recognition of the many faults of anger – identifying this poisonous delusion as our true enemy.
Secondly, we need to gain a deep understanding of why we become angry, and then work to counteract and eliminate the causes we have uncovered.
Anger is a response to feelings of unhappiness, which in turn arise whenever we meet with unpleasant circumstances.
Whenever we are prevented from fulfilling our wishes, or forced into a situation we dislike – our uncontrolled mind reacts by immediately feeling unhappy.
Since it is impossible to fulfil all our desires or to stop unwanted things happening to us, we need to find a different way of relating to frustrated desires and unwanted occurrences. We need to learn patient acceptance.
Patient acceptance does not necessarily mean that we do not take practical steps to improve our situation. If it is possible to remedy the situation, then of course we should; but to do this we do not need to become unhappy and impatient.
We do not need to become unhappy just because things do not go our way. Although until now this has indeed been our reaction to difficulties, once we recognize that it does not work we are free to respond in a more realistic and constructive way.

About Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh

KMC Edinburgh is a registered charity offering courses, events and retreats on meditation and Modern Buddhism in the heart of the Scottish capital.

We offer meditation classes in

EDINBURGH:

Monday Evenings @ The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre (Helen Duncan room), 25 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AP, 7-8.30pm

Wednesday Evenings @ The Eric Liddell Centre,15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP, 5.45-6.30pm AND 7-8.30pm

and weekend courses and events. See Main Menu

DUNDEE:

Tuesday Evenings @ Best Western Queens Hotel (Duncan Room), 160 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DU, 7-8.30pm

GALASHIELS – Scottish Borders:

Thursday evenings @ Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels, TD1 3JS, 7-8.30pm