The topic for this meeting is Learning to Let Go of Anger through the Practice of Zen
“By [holding on to anger] you are like a man who wants to hit another and picks up a burning ember or excrement in his hand and so first burns himself or makes himself stink.”—Budhaghosa (from Visuddhimagga IX, 23)
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh (from Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching)
“Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.” –Bonnie Myotai Treace
Questions for reflection and discussion:
1. How do you let go of anger directed toward your loved ones?
2. How do you keep from being consumed by the negative energy of others?
3. How do you transform rage and anger into compassion?