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Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice

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In response to recent bombings at an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Bodh Gaya, India, Shambhala Publications is pleased to offer this free eBook consisting of excerpts from some of our books from a variety of Buddhist traditions that encapsulate values of love and nonviolence, which we can all practice ourselves. A chapter from the Karmapa points out the toxicity an ...more
Kindle Edition, 46 pages
Published July 29th 2013 by Shambhala Publications
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Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
4th grade was good for me. At 9, I felt my talents coming alive. I also felt my temper to be very much at the ready. My parents, God bless them, both had quick tempers. In the ensuing 61 years, I learned to quell my anger by counting, breathing the irate out, breathing calm in. But the anger is still there at the quick. I know myself, in certain circumstances and if I were armed, to be a person who could kill. This is not the best situation. Reading Beyond Anger was helpful to me. It says not to ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book. The only thing that I learnt was that if I keep only my own interest then it's going to lead to conflicts sooner or later. So it is wise to keep the interest of my own and whomever I'm dealing with.

However, that said, I felt that the whole book was too "general" and high level to absorb.

Here is a quote from the book:
When faced with people who are inflexible in their views, that is the time for you to be at your most flexible and accomodating, and to bring all your wi
Feb 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible Presidents with no conscience

I read a few pages and understood the evil present in the President who causes the ptoblems.A woman is angry with government and government is deaf ear.The problem is absence of anger over evil and the mind control by Presidents in offices,ashrams, government who are blood thirsty plan the bomb blast and act as if helping.One example is Ramakrishna Mutt in India which steals the donations from many innocent and murders innocent volunteers who geuinely wanted
Joseph Takenouchi
Full of wise words

Great i sight to help understand anger. It is not a how to guide to make anger vanish as I initially thought, but rather a way to understand it. It also makes you realize anger isn't "bad" it simply is, the actions that one takes with it determine whether it is healthy or unhealthy.
E Escorce
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. Nice and short so can be read a number of times, to maximise it's positive effects.


Anger is a tricky thing to talk about constructively with others.
This book deserves a number of re reads as it contains many great insights.
Ed Barton
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful Reflections

A book with a number of excerpts from the Buddhist tradition on anger and anger management. A short book that will make you think, and deeply reflect, on your own perspectives on anger and frustration. A very deep, wise read.
Jessica Camacho
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good

It's short and it gives you pause. It is definitely a book to reread though, after this initial read I know I need to go back in order to absorb some of the messages and insights.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

There are better books on Buddhist practice and thought (in my opinion.) A pdf would allow saving only desired pages.
Vicki G
Aug 25, 2013 marked it as to-read
I can see that so many "stubborn" people have been swayed by kindness, open-mindedness and understanding; like the people in Congress and the Senate?
I don't think so.
I've never seen ANYone that bad who responds to milk and honey. In fact for the last 4 years I've seen some people try open-mindedness, compromise and everything else under the sun, and they still hate him now as much as they did then.
Some people are so far beyond any hope of acting like a human being that they become depressing to
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I am not sure if the selection is uneven or if I simply lack the grounding in Buddhism to grasp some of the concepts. Even so, a few pearls of wisdom were found within the texts. The first selection is the most interesting and also the longest. The selections became increasingly less accessible to non-Buddhists as the book progressed, ending with translated passages from age-old texts.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is not, at least for me, a book to, rush through. Anger is a tricky subject, it's cunning and has lots of variations. This collection gives a taste of compassion for many of those variations. I would certainly benefit from re-reading it and following the paths (to larger works referenced herein) which I find that I am resisting. ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, new-age
A good short work on the affects that anger has on the mind and the heart. It gives me food for thought on how to deal with my anger in many of life's everday situations. It also helps when you try to come to grips with the many apparent injustices that happen all the time around the world and are seen in the nightly news broadcasts. 4* ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
While I am not a Buddhist, I really enjoyed this short power packed book on anger and the spirit of anger. It caused me to think about anger, how I deal with it and the effects of it. I don't think I will ever see anger in the same light again. The wisdom is simple and yet profound. ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
These essays and excerpts are of varying quality. I think there are better readings on anger out there. Kornfield's selection is the most useful and inspirational about dealing with issues related to violence in the world. ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short reads on anger and releasing it

There are various writers' work here, but they all have one common objective: help people get out of anger and into peace.
Sean Crawford sr.
I LOVE THIS BOOK. For me personally it is has been a great help in understanding when I am angry and how to channel the energy into the positive. I recommend it to all.
Walter Wartenweiler
Good read about the positive and negative powers of anger and how to make the difference by gently shining the light of your presence on it.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Concise I production to several other texts offering guidance on productively channeling anger. I plan on following up with some of the source material.
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