The Seven Deadly Sins

Book - 2004
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Heated words, cool malice, deadly feuds, the furious rush of adrenaline-anger is clearly the most destructive of the seven deadly sins. It can ruin families, wreck one's health, destroy peace of mind and, at its worst, lead to murder, genocide, and war.In Anger, Robert A. F. Thurman, best-selling author and one of America's leading authorities on Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, offers an illuminating look at this deadliest of sins. In the West, Thurman points out, anger is seen as an inevitable part of life, an evil to be borne, not overcome.There is the tradition of the wrathful God, of Jesus driving the money-changers from the temple. If God can be angry, how can men rid themselves of this destructive emotion? Thurman shows that Eastern philosophy sees anger differently. Certainly, it is a dreadful evil, one of the "three poisons"that underlie all human suffering. But Buddhism teaches that anger can be overcome. Indeed, the defeat of anger is not only possible, but also the only thing worth doing in a lifetime. Thurman shows how to recognize the destructiveness of anger and understand its workings, and how we can go frombeing a slave to anger to becoming "a knight of patience." We discover finally that when this deadliest emotion is transmuted by wisdom, it can become the most powerful force in freeing us from human suffering.Drawing on the time-tested wisdom of Buddhism, Robert A. F. Thurman ranges from the individual struggle with anger to global crises spurred by dogmatic ideologies, religious fanaticism, and racial prejudice. He offers a path of calm understanding in a time of terrorism and war.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780195169751
Branch Call Number: 294.35698 THURMAN
Characteristics: xii, 135 p. ; 19 cm


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Apr 12, 2017

if chanting about great passages from buddhist abhidharmic psychology will lead to inner peace, then this is a good practical handbook.

even though they experience sufferings
the wise don't let the mind cloud or disturb
in making war on the addictions
the battle will bring much harm.

if you like passages like above, you will find a lot in this little book, and a neat comparison between the "violent west"(quote"the most violent and militaristic culture yet apparent on this planet". p21) and east approach on this subject.


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