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Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 3, 2002
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It was under the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: wrong knowing, obsessive desire, and anger. All are difficult, but in one instant of angerone of the most powerful emotionslives can be ruined, and health and spiritual development can be destroyed. With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh gives tools and advice for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating those parts of ourselves that have been laid waste by anger. His extraordinary wisdom can transform your life and the lives of the people you love, and in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, can give each reader the power to "change everything."
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Eleven chapters include “Putting Out the Fire Of Anger”, The Language Of True Love”, “Compassionate Communication”, “Embracing Anger with Mindfulness”, & four short, practical and very workable appendices.
Having read the book through once or twice, anyone seeking help with anger issues should find sections which so calmly and wisely embrace the topic that the reader will want to return to these passages over and over again. Time devoted to the reading and contemplation of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Anger will be well spent.
The lessons repeat throughout the book, and essentially boil down to the Buddhist idea of mindfulness; to pay attention to things, including yourself. If you're angry, stop what you're doing and figure out why. There is rarely anything more important than *stopping* when you find yourself angry. Practicing not being angry, over time, makes it much easier to not be angry, and so on.
As far as "easy to read", many self help books - heck, many books of many genres - seem to make the text more difficult, to make the author sound more important. This doesn't make that pretense, at all. It feels like an incredibly well written book report, written by the world's most enlightened fifth grader. It makes for an easy conversant tone, and a quick read, and a quick re-read.
For some people, the lessons and stories in the book might be very obvious. For others out here, it helps to read it once. If you've had problems with anger, if you have two to four hours to read through this, and trying to improve yourself is worth $10 to you, this book is certainly worth a shot.
A Vietnamese monk who has walked with Martin Luther King and has championed for rights of others does not disappoint in yet another one of his great writings. He is a huge spiritual leader in the Buddhist faith and is from the Plum Village Monastery in France. Reading his words will calm your soul. The way he writes is healing and to listen to him speak, also very healing. I was scheduled to go to a one week retreat with him in 2009 but he got the pneumonia and could not make the retreat. Needless to say I was quite saddened. I have read his books for years!
If you struggle with anger and calming yourself down. This book has some great information and advice for "cooling the flames." I have bought a second copy and I lend it out from my lending library. The adolescents that I have loaned ti to seem to like it alright and it has been passed to 3 of them so far. It is a quick read and Thich Nhat Hahn doesn't disappoint. Just as his others, I believe it to be a great book. Thay has written many many books. And honestly probably whatever book you get by him will probably be a great book.