Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – on anger

I am reading “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Shantideva, the Indian Buddhist master who lived centuries ago. It is a treasure trove of amazing perspective shifts and reframes. For example, here are some of his quotes on anger from the chapter titled “Relying on Patience.” He reflects on the role of anger in liberation, its emptiness (conditioning), its karmic determination:

…There is no evil greater than anger,

And no virtue greater than patience.

Therefore, I should strive in various ways

To become familiar with the practice of patience.

…Thus, whenever an enemy, or even a friend,

Commits an inappropriate action,

Such behaviour arises from other conditions.

Realizing this, I should remain with a happy mind.

…When those who, under the influence of delusions,

Set out to harm or even to kill me,

If I cannot develop compassion for them,

At the very least I should refrain from getting angry.

…we should think,

‘In the past, I harmed others in a similar manner.

Therefore, it is fitting that I, who caused harm to others,

Should now be experiencing such harm myself.’

…Although those who harm me

Are provoked into doing so by my own karma,

It is they who will take rebirth in hell as a result;

So, is it not I who harm them?

About nomadoftheuniverse

Nomad of the Universe, nobody special, Buddhist, student of Ram Dass. I write about happiness, meaning and spirituality. My book on Love Addiction is out on Amazon now.
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