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Gurdjieff’s father’s advice to his son

When you are kind to someone, don’t you feel a certain joy? A certain peace? A certain meaningfulness? Don’t you feel that you are contented with what you have done? There is a kind of deep satisfaction. Have you ever… Continue Reading →

“right! that’s it! I’m leaving!”

“ANOTHER OF THE CONSEQUENCES of anger that we should keep in mind is that it destroys our relationships and separates us from our friends. Why is it that having spent many happy years with a companion, when they make one… Continue Reading →

“the anger-eating demon”

“A PROBLEM WITH ANGER is that we enjoy being angry. There is an addictive and powerful pleasure associated with the expression of anger. And we don’t want to let go of what we enjoy. However, there is also a danger… Continue Reading →

Half a Sheet of Paper by Ajahn Brahm

Many years ago, I read the following inspiring story of how a man overcame his anger and lack of self-esteem. A widow was presenting the eulogy at her husband’s funeral service. She held up a dog-eared half sheet of paper,… Continue Reading →

Your Reaction Matters

“Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just… Continue Reading →

The nail in the Fence.

There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence…. Continue Reading →

Where is your temper?

A Zen student came to Bankei and said: “Master, I have an ungovernable temper — how can I cure it?” “Show me this temper,” said Bankei, “it sounds fascinating.” “I haven’t got it right now,” said the student, “so I can’t show it to you.”… Continue Reading →

To Whom Does the Gift Belong

One day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him, hurling all kinds of rude words at him, intended to ridicule and demean him. The Buddha was not… Continue Reading →

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