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There is a great book of quotes compiled from Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings called Taming the Tiger Within. I just want to note the marked pages in this book before I return it to the library, so here is a string of quotations from this book about anger, each worthy of its own contemplation.

Anger has roots in nonanger elements. It has roots in the way we live our daily life. If we take good care of everything in us, without discrimination, we prevent our negative energies from dominating. We reduce the strength of our negative seeds so that they won’t overwhelm us. Read the rest of this entry »

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from Thich Nhat Hanh, Taming the Tiger Within:

“Darling, I suffer, I’m angry, and I want you to know it.”

“I’m doing my best to take care of my anger. I’m trying not to blame anyone else, including you.”

“Please, do help me.”

If you are capable of writing or saying these three sentences, you are capable of true love.

If it is your partner who is angry, just listen. Listen and do not react. Do your best to practice compassionate listening. Do not listen for the purpose of judging, criticizing, or analyzing. Listen only to help the other person express himself and find some relief from his suffering.

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