Dealing with Anger

(from Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh)

In Buddhism, we do not consider anger, hatred, greed as enemies we have to fight. If we fight anger, we fight ourselves. Dealing with anger in that way would be like transforming yourself into a battlefield; doing violence to yourself. If you cannot be compassionate to yourself, you will not be able to be compassionate to others. We cannot destroy the energy; we can only convert it into more constructive energies, such as forgiveness and understanding. That is the work of meditation.

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