Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames by Thich Nhat Hanh

"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth." His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of today’s leading sources of wisdom, peace, compassion and comfort.

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 anger—one of the most powerful emotions—lives 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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ISBN-13: 9781573229371
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 67,865
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a rare combination of mystic, scholar, and activist and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. Poet, Zen master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the Vietnam War, he was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, this is not so much a Buddhist book as a Psychology book. Yes, it incorporates the Buddhist meditations (which are really EASY to do if you can breathe and pay attention to your breath then you can do it!), and it teaches some basic Buddhist concepts like compassion. But it's really not all that 'Buddhist' In any case, practicing Buddhist meditation does not interfere in any way with your being a Christian or Catholic or Jew. The Dalai Lama has said that he encourages people to stay with their own faith, not convert to Buddhism. Just use Buddhist techniques which work, like watching your breath. This book is a very easy to read, anyone can understand Hanh's simple instructions on how to deal with anger. The old school way of dealing with anger was to express it by punching a pillow or something. Buddha said 2500 ago that this is not the right way to deal with anger, and now modern Psychology has caught up to him and agrees that this is not the best way to deal with anger. Rather, it is best you learn to pay attention to your anger, but not express it. Use the breathing meditation, communicate lovingly with those your anger causes suffering, and work with your loved ones on learning to not express your anger. Mostly, meditate by watching your breath and almost like magic, the anger will begin to subside. Evidence suggests that this can and does work, as anger is a habit that you can break, and one way of breaking it is to just refuse to act on it. Hanh says, it is like a seed that you have to learn not to water. The more you refuse to 'water' it, but rather just observe it and pay attention to it with 'mindfulness', the more it will dissipate. I have had anger issues for years, and although I have only just read the book, so it has not yet had time to 'work', I already feel that I am making progress with just a few meditations, just in making the effort to not express my anger every time it pops up. I am very hopeful that this is working.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, if you are open to changing your angry ways, is a gift you give yourself. When I read this book it was hitting every nerve. I was schocked, ecstatic as well as emotional. I knew right away this was the book for me and I was right. Breathe, think and live peacefully. Yeah!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mindfulness practice is a path in which every step is a step of compassionate engagement with every aspect of your experience, whether walking, talking with a friend or working with the suffering and anguish that exists in our minds. Anger is one of the most destructive of the emotions, yet it carries a great deal of life energy that can transform into passion and compassion when surrounded with mindfulness. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how to smile at every encounter with reality. For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain or the past in general, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong. Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it. It is available here on BN.com.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the great teachers on mindfulness, and particularly on the compassionate aspect of mindfulness, which has such a powerful healing effect when directed towards painful emotions, including anger. Well worth exploring the many writings and CDs from this master.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometime ago I read 'Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames' (227 pp) by Thich Nhat Hanh. The author being buddist, treated me to a book that I read in a matter of hours. One of the major points that I extracted from the book was that all of those within a family unit are all part of 'one'. If we hurt part of the 'one', all of the 'one' has been hurt. And before the author got to the chapter on writing a 'heart' letter, I had written my wife an apologetic letter for problems we have incurred over the past year and a half. This book was exactly what I needed at that point in time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a wonderful book. It helped me to understand anger and showed me the way to forgive my brother. I had been angry with my brother and was on fire for about two weeks. This book needs to be read mindfully. To be effectively understand, try to concentrate on breathing often while reading it. Reading first 20-30 pages and trying as it says can make you forgive the one you love and love him/her as before or evern more. I really appreciate author for wirting such a wonderful book.
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Kathleen568 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed many books by Thich Nhat Hanh, and this is no exception. His insight into every-day situations is amazing, and he gives you the tools to deal with these situations calmly, quietly. This not only helps you get through your stressful day better, but your calm attitude defuses those around you. It's truly a domino effect!!!
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