The Buddhist approach to Aggression.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 20, 2011
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Should be regarded as extremely

Good news!

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

A Buddhist approach to Conquering Aggression? Surrender it.

Buddhism isn’t about chilling, man, and being peaceful and sitting on a mountaintop, far away from the bills and chaos, relationships, pain and suffering and desire and hopes and fears of daily life.

It’s about working with whatever arises and bringing it to our daily path of meditation practice and service. Of turning obstacles, no matter how “trippy,” into compassion.

This accessible yet profound talk (I need to listen to it again, right now), from Boulder “back in the day” by meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, comes as a welcome reminder to me. Perhaps you’ll appreciate it, too:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “The Buddhist approach to Aggression.”

  1. The greatest thing we can give as far as I can see, as inspired by this talk, is our need/struggle to make things how we want them to be, or how we think they should be. Rather than: "surrendering" to all, as it is – which is ultimate compassion/non-aggression. Naked reality without the need to enhance anything or buffer anything is pristine, sharp, crystal, bristling and, yes, blissful – even if at times a bit terrifying! And, like the venerable Rinpoche says, it is not about hiding in mommy's lap of an irresponsible life. May we all hear the pointing out instructions ever-fresh! This teaching is mirrored in the "Indian" traditions, where Trika Shaivism adept Abhinavagupta instructs: "Take nothing, leave nothing, be with everything as it is." This is the most pithy of all meditation and integration instructions and includes the entire universes of duality, non-duality and beyond the beyond.

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