Anger is capable of pointing us back to love. It arises as a result of an offense to what we love. If we can use anger to reconnect to love, then that anger—the response that we have to injustice, pain, and suffering in the world—can be a generative force rather than a destructive one. When we thread anger back through the core of what we love, the response can be fierce and powerful but not consuming. This is a very subtle point that is often not understood—that we can, in fact, have fierce responses that begin from a place of anger about injustices and pain that are greater than any person or community should have to bear.
Each hour will be dedicated to one of the following topics: loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, spiritual maverick, author, activist, and founder of CXC (Center for Transformative Change), in Berkeley, California, which is dedicated to “changing […]
Right. We live the result. And that’s very challenging for us because we’re so conditioned to misunderstand what the result is. If I go to bed each night with a sense of having appropriately used myself, then I’ve accomplished my goal for the day. And then there’s a new day and I get to apply myself anew, over and over again.