Dhammapada Chapter 10: A World Without Rage

Introduction

This chapter is based on the Dhammapada section called typically “Anger.” With just a few verses, it talks about how if left unchecked, anger will rule and destroy our lives.

Müller version

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231. Beware of bodily anger, and control thy body! Leave the sins of the body, and with thy body practise virtue!
232. Beware of the anger of the tongue, and control thy tongue! Leave the sins of the tongue, and practise virtue with thy tongue!
233. Beware of the anger of the mind, and control thy mind! Leave the sins of the mind, and practise virtue with thy mind!
234. The wise who control their body, who control their tongue, the wise who control their mind, are indeed well controlled. My ‘paraphrased’ version Do not be trapped by the negative emotions flowing through your physical being. Instead, train your physical being for skillful use. Do not be trapped by speaking hurtful words. Instead, train your speech for skillful use. Do not be trapped by the resentments of the mind. Instead, train your mind for skillful use. Those that guide well their physical essence, words, and mind are indeed skillful beings.

My ‘paraphrased’ version

Do not be trapped by the negative emotions flowing through your physical being. Instead, train your physical being for skillful use.

Do not be trapped by speaking hurtful words. Instead, train your speech for skillful use.

Do not be trapped by the resentments of the mind. Instead, train your mind for skillful use.

Those that guide well their physical essence, words, and mind are indeed skillful beings.

Practice

There have already been many previous suggestions in this chapter and book. Some of the following may not be Buddhist-inspired:
1. Walk away or start deescalating the situation.
2. Realize you are in a condition of feeling anger. Understand that it is a “hook” trying to ensnare you and let it grow no further.
3. Practice lovingkindness and tonglen meditation.
4. Stop, Reflect. Breathe.
5. Think of something ridiculous to break the pattern and defuse the situation.
6. See how being angry is absurd. Like being manipulated by a small uncontrolled child just to have a few passing moments of feeling good and right.
7. Find a place or way to reflect. It could be just walking. Or just sitting. Or having a hot slice of pizza. Whatever works for you.
8. Simply release after realizing that it will not stay forever.
For many of us, anger will be a visitor that will keep returning. Keep experimenting to see what works well for you to dissipate its hold. It is important to never relent changing ourselves to have one less moment of anger. Or one less day.

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