Friday, 2 May 2014

Your anger... use it, don't be afraid of it.

Anger, and emotion. Learning to master your anger and use it as a force for good.
How does anger make you feel? Do you know how to use it as a force for good? 

Nichiren wrote that wrath can be either good or bad.

Self-centered anger generates evil, but wrath at social injustice becomes the driving force for reform.

Strong language that censures and combats a great evil often awakens adverse reactions from society, but this must not intimidate those who believe they are right. A lion is a lion because he roars.


With regard to the official letter that has arrived from the great Mongol Empire, I have written eleven letters and sent them to various persons. Undoubtedly this will result in Nichiren’s disciples and lay supporters being condemned to exile or execution. You should not be surprised when this happens. I have used very strong language in my letters, but this is because it is necessary to “force others to listen, though it angers them.” That is the sort of response I am hoping for.

All of you should prepare yourselves mentally for what may come. Do not let concern for wife and children or other family members deter you. Do not fear those in authority. Now is the time to break free from the bonds of this realm of birth and death and to obtain the fruit of Buddhahood! (Nichiren Daishonin, Letter to my Disciples and Lay Supporters, 11th October 1268, Volume 2, p333)

Don't not be afraid of your anger. Don't repress it. Use it correctly. It can be a powerful force for good.

nam myoho renge kyo



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