Searching all directions with your awareness, you find no one dearer than yourself...
-Buddha (Ud 5.1)

Why did we create this blog

This blog was created in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, USA, where 20 first-graders ages ranging from 6-7 were massacred by an angry 2o year old gunman. This took place on the 14th of December, 2012. We believe if he was taught how to love himself, how to be kind to himself, how to be compassionate to himself and how to appreciate himself, from an earlier age (pre-school) none of these things would have happened. It was a very sad occasion to all of us and it is time now to change its course. We have to acknowledge this happened, forgive the person who did it and learn from this tragedy. -Devni W.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The anger eating monster

Recently there was a talk which was held at the university of Toronto for about 300 hundred students, that I attended of Ajahn Brahm. The story was so true, powerful and had an impact on my life, thought of sharing with all of you.
" Once there was an ugly, smelly, angry monster who used unpleasant language wanting to enter an emperor's castle. The guards were so scared that they let him in to the castle. Once he was inside, the guards realized what happened and went to chase him away. When they saw the monster seated on the Emperor's throne, they were unkind and abused him. Each time an unpleasant and abusive word was mentioned the monster grew an inch bigger, more smellier, uglier and the words that came from his mouth were a nightmare to hear! The servants in the castle took the same approach of handling the monster as the guards.

Upon the return of the kind and smart emperor, who saw the monster seated on his throne. Instead of being unkind to him he was companionate, generous and kind to him. With each act of his generosity and kind approach the monster shrank and disappeared."

The moral of this story is each time we cultivate anger within ourselves, we are like that monster! The best treatment to conquer anger is with kindness to oneself and others. This story has helped me realize the monster in me, each time I got angry. Now I try to be fully aware when I get angry and calm myself by applying the antidote which is kindness, firstly to myself and then the person that I got angry with. Please try it yourself the next time you get angry because it is perfectly safe and moreover it works!!

Written by Puri Jayasekera
(To listen to this story, click play in a new window in  the link given below)

November 7, 2012 – 7 PM – At the Universtiy of Toronto. Organized by New College, University of Toronto: Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health Program.

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