The three poisons are the root cause of all suffering. Everything that causes dissatisfaction, pain or suffering stems from one of these three elements.
The poison Hatred or Anger has many faces; detestation, revulsion, disgust, extreme dislike, intolerance. Like love, the word hatred has become diminished in everyday use but it is the most destructive of all human emotions leading to anger, revenge, animosity, ill-will, aversion, abuse, racial prejudice, sexual and religious discrimination, homophobia, bullying and in its most extreme forms, violence, rape, murder and war.
If we look closely at what we ‘hate’, we may find that it is a conditioned response. Maybe it was someone else’s prejudiced view that has been foisted upon us by parents, peer group, politicians, teachers or journalists. We can all experience anger, frustration and intolerance somewhere within us. We rail because the world isn’t the way we want it to be. But ask yourself, “What do we gain by holding on to these negative emotions? How do I benefit from all this angst?” The fact is that hatred consumes an immense amount of emotional energy but seldom gets us very far. Our lack of understanding fuels our desire for things to be different which in turn causes us to be frustrated and angry when the life continues to disappoint us.
But, there is an upside. That energy can be used for good. We can focus our anger on a world full of prejudice and social injustice, developing a determination to bring about change. We can transform those negative emotions, using that energy to battle inequality, the destruction of the environment, the causes of crime – a thousand and one things that need to be redressed.
Saturday March 24th 14:30 - 17:00 Lama Jigmé Namgyal will explain all about this poison and its antidote.
Even though it is the second lecture out of three it is very possible to attend just single sessions. You don’t need to have followed proceeding sessions.
Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org (or drop in!)
Alle benefits go to the Phuntsok Namgyal Ling Foundation www.phuntsoknamgyalling.org