57. Don’t react impulsively with anger or irritation

57. Don’t react impulsively with anger or irritation

  • This is the Nineteenth Slogan/Instruction of Point Seven, which consists of twenty-one instructions.
  • Point Seven is “Guidelines for Mind Training”

It’s not necessary to always react impulsively, allowing our instinctual responses to get the better of us. We tend to think anger is empowering, but recurrent anger only has a toxic effect on our mind and body and gradually reduces our self-esteem so that we feel more vulnerable, threatened, and prone to pervasive feelings of insecurity.

Traleg Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

Ink and slight color on cotton; image: 84.4 x 52.2 cm (33 1/4 x 20 9/16 in.); overall: 111.1 x 69.5 cm (43 3/4 x 27 3/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Lohan (Immortal), 1600s. Tibet, Sino-Tibetan style. Ink and slight color on cotton; image: 84.4 x 52.2 cm (33 1/4 x 20 9/16 in.); overall: 111.1 x 69.5 cm (43 3/4 x 27 3/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

57. Don’t react impulsively with anger or irritation

57. Don’t react impulsively with anger or irritation

  • This is the Nineteenth Slogan/Instruction of Point Seven, which consists of twenty-one instructions.
  • Point Seven is “Guidelines for Mind Training”

It’s not necessary to always react impulsively, allowing our instinctual responses to get the better of us. We tend to think anger is empowering, but recurrent anger only has a toxic effect on our mind and body and gradually reduces our self-esteem so that we feel more vulnerable, threatened, and prone to pervasive feelings of insecurity.

Traleg Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

Ink and slight color on cotton; image: 84.4 x 52.2 cm (33 1/4 x 20 9/16 in.); overall: 111.1 x 69.5 cm (43 3/4 x 27 3/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Lohan (Immortal), 1600s. Tibet, Sino-Tibetan style. Ink and slight color on cotton; image: 84.4 x 52.2 cm (33 1/4 x 20 9/16 in.); overall: 111.1 x 69.5 cm (43 3/4 x 27 3/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art