By Dalai Lama

All of the world's significant religions emphasize the significance of the perform of affection, compassion, and tolerance. this can be relatively actual within the Buddhist traditions, which unanimously country that compassion and love are the basis of all paths of perform. To domesticate the possibility of compassion and love inherent inside us, it will be important to counteract their opposing forces of anger and hatred. during this booklet, the Dalai Lama exhibits how in the course of the perform of persistence and tolerance we will conquer the hindrances of anger and hatred. He bases his dialogue on A advisor to the Bodhisattva lifestyle, the vintage paintings at the actions of Bodhisattvas—those who aspire to realize complete enlightenment with the intention to gain all beings.

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But the basic insight of Shantideva stands. That is to say that if approached with the appropriate attitude, even pain and suffering can be perceived in terms of their positive effects. Verses 22 through 34 discuss the second aspect of patience: tolerance based on understanding the nature of reality. The main focus of Shantideva's argument here is demonstrating how actions of people and events are determined by a network of many factors. This is to underline the critical fact that many of the conditions which cause others to act in ways that are harmful to us are in fact outside their control.

Generally speaking, in this view the mind is perceived in terms of a complex, dynamic system where both cognitive and affective dimensions of the psyche are seen as an integrated whole. So, when the two masters present means of dealing with emotions such as anger, they are not suggesting that we should suppress them. Both Buddhist and modern psychology agree on the harmfulness of mere suppression. The Buddhist approach is to get at the root so that the very basis for anger is undercut. In other words, Shantideva and the Dalai Lama are suggesting ways of reorienting our character so that we become less prone to strong reactive emotions such as anger.

So, when the two masters present means of dealing with emotions such as anger, they are not suggesting that we should suppress them. Both Buddhist and modern psychology agree on the harmfulness of mere suppression. The Buddhist approach is to get at the root so that the very basis for anger is undercut. In other words, Shantideva and the Dalai Lama are suggesting ways of reorienting our character so that we become less prone to strong reactive emotions such as anger. It is in this light that most of the reflections recommended in this volume should be understood.

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