A one-night lecture by Geshe Michael Roach in Hong Kong on December 9, 1999 covering a special section of the Diamond Cutter Sutra in which Lord Buddha teaches about how to effectively manage and eliminate anger completely. According to Buddhism there are two ways to stop anger, a temporary or band-aid approach and an infinitely more powerful method designed to annihilate anger forever.
Out of the countless mental afflictions we have anger is the one that is most harmful to us, especially for people attempting a spiritual path and trying to collect good karma. Even small amounts of anger have a terrible and insidious ability to destroy the good karma we collect very quickly if not dealt with properly. So learning efficient methods of dealing with our anger, in both temporary and ultimate ways, is an extremely important topic for anyone serious about spiritual practice, collecting good karma, or just trying to live a happy life.
This second course of the ACI In-Depth Course Series presents the entire chapter on “the art of not getting angry,” or the chapter on patience (Chapter Six) from The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhisattvacaryvatra, Byang-chug sems-dpa’i spyod-pa la ‘jug-pa, digital text number TD3871 from the Asian Classics Input Project), by Master Shantideva (c. 700 AD). This course is meant to give much more detail on this subject than the related original ACI course, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part Two (ACI Course XI), which covered somewhat less than half of this important chapter.
ACI Course 11: Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part 2 (1997, New York, Geshe Michael Roach)
This Course is the second in a three part series based upon A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432).
Topics include: an explanation of the perfection of patience, the perfection of joyful effort, and the perfection of meditative concentration; the results of anger; how to make a habit of not getting angry; how joyous effort supports the other five perfections; obstacles to joyous effort; obstacles to meditation; how selfishness produces pain; reasons to treat others as well as yourself; the source of all the world’s pain; compassion as a prerequisite for successful meditative concentration; meditation as a prerequisite for wisdom; where you, your world, and all of your experiences come from; and Buddha nature. It is recommended that you study Part I prior to studying Part II.