Extinguish anger forever and find true happiness with this step-by-step guide.
Anger is a potent poison that ruins health and damages relationships. In today’s world of Twitter feuds, road rage, and internet trolls, it is all too easy for anger to grab hold of us.
This timely book offers practical advice on how to put aside anger and ego and embrace laughter and reason. Like a friendly family physician, Venerable Sumanasara helps you see what triggers your anger, what affect it has on you, and what you can do about it. Maybe you have trouble at work or at home, maybe you had a difficult childhood, or maybe you just get angry in traffic. In short, bite-sized chapters, he offers wisdom, along with a laugh, that you can use.
Drawing on easy-to-follow metaphors and parables from a variety of cultural traditions, in an accessible, conversational style free of dogma, Venerable Sumanasara shows us how to manage our emotions so that we can lead healthier, happier lives finally freed from anger.
Anger is a powerful emotion, expressing itself in righteous indignation and sometimes in destructiveness. Sumanasara, a Theravada Buddhist monk, offers advice for understanding and taming anger. For him, this emotion is fundamental in human activity; it manifests in numerous ways, including boredom, malice, envy, and remorse. Because anger protects the ego, giving into it is hard to resist. Sumanasara emphasizes, however, that becoming angry is a choice, and to make that choice is to be a "failure" and a "loser." Sumanasara allows no room for anger as a natural or instinctive emotion, because such a concession is an avoidance of the work needed to overcome it. Readers used to gentler teachings from writers in other Buddhist traditions may be caught off-guard by his sharp tone. While Sumanasara is clearly trying to emphasize that choosing anger is a serious danger to oneself and others, readers may feel like they have been lightly scolded by a disappointed parent. Nevertheless, Sumanasara's guidance is a firm but gentle paternal hand, offering thoughtful meditations on anger and the choice between destructive rage and happiness.