Before you find out where anger comes from, you should
know that anger is one of the three poisons. Of the three
poisons: greed, hatred, and delusion, anger is the easiest
emotion to explode, and therefore, the most difficult to
control. When angry, it is difficult for anyone to control
In Chinese, the word anger is a hieroglyphic word that is
combined with two elements, on the left is the word item
or eye, and on the right is the word true, meaning the
image. These two words combine to describe a state of
looking at others without blinking, eyes widening
indignant, angry, expressing a look that wants to eat
people alive. Therefore, anger is a state of pushing
others into a corner, expressing an attitude of wanting to
destroy the object, or a way of expressing repression,
making the object of hatred unhappy and suffering from
physical suffering. dominant psychology.
In Pali, anger means an emotional attitude that wants to
incinerate the object, burn the object, and shred the
object to pieces.
When you are consumed by anger, you have a tendency to
vent that anger or burning anger on someone else, but
unexpectedly venting it out will only increase your anger.
The concept of anger is defined as the flow of emotions,
the object is that you are expressed through harsh words,
words back and forth in communication as well as work,
bringing frustration, and dislike.
Anger manifests itself in many different ways. For
example, from a voice perspective, anger is expressed
through shouting, profane curses, threats, or sweet words
but containing knives, shards of bottles, or thorns inside
that the angry person gives to the opponent. Expression of
unkindness about the voice as a value, the meaning of
relationships and communication is damaged, leaving
internal imprints, and creating an increasingly widening
If anger is expressed in the form of gestures, then the
skin of the face is pale, eyes are red, lips twitch and
blood rushes to the brain or mumbles, bangs tables, and
chairs knocks over objects, smashes what is going on have
on hand, or manifest by stomping, spitting or rough
expressions, attacking, even wanting to destroy others.
The manifestations of anger are afflictive behavior,
karma, and suffering.
Anger is also expressed in terms of temperament, attitude,
and behavior can be enmity, frustration, silence, or
ignoring the suffering of others, even if loved ones have
shared joy, and suffering in life. When anger appears, you
can become calloused, indifferent to the sufferings and
needs of others, while just opening your hand can support
and help people get material. happiness and lasting
Buddhist scriptures often liken anger to madness. Crazy
people can't control their consciousness, so their
actions, gestures, and actions hurt themselves and others.
The longer you stay angry with this attitude, the more you
will split the ground of your mind. Indeed, anger is the
madness that kills friendships and distorts attitudes,
words, and deeds, turning close friends into enemies, good
into bad. When anger is not controlled, there may be
actions that violate the law. For example, in a fit of
jealousy, one can throw acid, stab someone, instigate a
riot, or terrorize the other party.
The Buddha likened anger to underground coal. If there was
coal at that time, I'm sure he would have likened it to a
lump of coal. Coal burns for a long time, but the burning
power can be kept from hour to hour. People who are good
at controlling anger are hard to see through their
expressions of words, deeds, gestures, behavior, and
problem-solving, but they have inhibitions, long-term
pain, hatred, and opportunities. retaliate.
Anger is like underground coal, to show the sinister
character of a person who has not yet conquered anger in
his heart. There is a case where the Buddha compared anger
to a cloud. It can cover the sky with the light of human
intelligence, perception, and action. In Buddhism, the sun
is likened to a path, its appearance brings light and life
to all human activities and things. When anger covers the
sun of perception, there are eyes that do not see, ears
that do not hear, and the senses are inhibited. Therefore,
angry people react easily to rebellion, conflict, or do
anything to satisfy anger. However, the more you satisfy
your anger, the more suffering increases, and ego
satisfaction in anger is not the solution.
Anger is also likened to resistance, paralyzes
consciousness, awareness, and enthusiasm to commit and
serve, freezes conscience, and hardens love. As a result,
the subject loses all love for others, even for those
close to him who once had good memories. Anger becomes
destructive energy, annihilating and pushing the object to
a dead end. At that point, the subject's resistance can be
a one-on-one choice, the victim of anger placed on a scale
that no one wants to tolerate. Therefore, anger is the
The fire of anger is very simple, seemingly harmless, but
burns all the merits planted, charitable deeds, commitment
in life, shared love, and community service and society,
burning all human relationships. Anger is also a bomb that
blows up all the bridges of human-to-human relations,
nations to nations.
Anger can be expressed by specific actions such as
slapping, pulling hair, hitting, torturing, kicking,
shoving, or all kinds of obscene, gruff words; lack of
construction, lack of solidarity, and no compassion. Or
criticism, defamation intended to make the other person
suffer pain, frustration, slander, misrepresentation, or
The case of latent anger is very subtle. Can be expressed
in the form of non-collaboration, or non-participation.
Not against but absolutely not friendly, never participate
and accept any responsibility. In this case, your attitude
may appear neutral on the surface, but in reality, it is
acting uncooperative. Buddhist psychology holds that it is
a latent act of anger, capable of creating internal bonds
like an inflated balloon. If the container is 90cc and
filled with a 120cc volume of air, the balloon will
explode. The bubble of anger is the same, when the amount
of resentment collected is too much to bear, it will
explode, then the emotion of anger will make your heart,
liver, intestines, and lungs severely damaged and make you
a victim cause of suffering!
Based on the current state of society, many people liken
anger to Agent Orange in human-to-human relations. This
poison is difficult to remove because it involves
cognitive, psychological, personal, community, and
national feelings. Agent Orange of anger, when infiltrated
into the body, will change people's mentality to negative,
make friendship difficult to stay together for long,
leading to a more tragic situation than not being able to
accept each other. So, it becomes very inhibiting and
So, you know the form and manifestation of anger, now the
question arises where does anger come from?
Anger arising from a very small cause, such as greed, is
like a forest burning fiercely from a single spark. That's
why the Buddha taught you not to let a small spark do no
harm. So what is the point of anger arising from a small
point? Here I would like to point out the causes of anger,
first of all:
Discontent is the cause of anger, primarily in dislike,
i.e., dissatisfaction, as well as greed due to liking.
This discontent arises out of the desire to please you,
but when it is not to your liking or unsatisfactory,
discontent arises. When dissatisfaction arises in your
mind it is not called harm, it only makes your mind
unsatisfied. If you don't get rid of it from then on, it
will gradually come to an angry state.
The mind will go to anger. When anger has arisen, your
mind is no longer clear, then the mind is only inclined to
think that you are right. Anger mind makes you
uncomfortable, this is the cause of anger.
Anger makes your mind very hot, lose your composure, your
face changes color, your hands and feet tremble, and when
speaking, your voice changes. Anger causes a lot of harm
because when anger has arisen, the mind only knows how to
be aggressive, anger brings enough harm to you. Once the
mind is filled with anger, it no longer distinguishes
between right and wrong, the mind becomes dark and can do
- Anger makes the mind dark.
- Anger makes the mind not work well, especially the loss
- Anger often makes things go wrong.
Anger is the act of harming others by all possible means.
This belongs to the main part of the Three Poisons of
greed, anger, and delusion. Because of anger and delusion,
4- The knot of Resentment.
The knot of hatred means that when you are angry but you
can't do anything about it, you try to save it in your
mind, wait for a convenient opportunity, and you will do
it, no matter how many years it takes.
Furthermore, anger can have many other causes. That is,
how many problems in life, anger accordingly appears,
exists, and develops in the corresponding direction, such
The root of anger comes from the attitude of fear. Fear
stems from ignorance leading to delusion. When you are
angry you don't know how the situation of the matter is
going, are not sure what the outcome of the matter will
be, and you don't know whether the partner is good or
evil, positive or negative, which leads to anger worried.
Worry leads to fear. Fear causes the person to develop a
series of problems, starting with the why, how, and how to
deal with it? The question is based on skepticism. Doubt
becomes the catalyst that causes fear to flare up. In a
panic, skepticism has to deal with an unknown object,
forcing you to destroy it first by thinking:
- Whoever strikes first becomes the winner.
Another root of anger is the attitude of ignorance.
Ignorance is defined as an unintelligent perception, not
seeing the nature of cause and effect, dependent
origination, impermanence, and not-self, so it persists.
Hence anger and suffering.
Another root of anger is the attitude of exclusion.
Arrogance leads to exclusion. You have an authoritarian
attitude that will put you on the scale above everyone
else. You think of yourself as number one, and others as
number two, number ten. A unique attitude makes your ego
bigger. If you have a unique attitude and success, you are
very arrogant. At that time you have a tendency to
conquer, expand, and dominate those who are not like you,
then that person is the enemy. You will try at all costs
to destroy mercilessly.
Another root of anger is related to the clash of cultural
traditions, customs, or histories of peoples. When
cultural traditions collide and clash, the impulse of
hatred will be spread on a larger and more serious scale.
So if you have the opportunity to interact with another
culture, consider yourself an element born from that
culture. With this concept of tolerance, cultural
conflicts do not arise in the mind. Thus, all conflicts,
including cultural conflicts, are also avoided. Such
behavior not only does not remove oneself from the
original culture but also gives the opportunity to cool
off in another culture. As a result, there is material
peace, happiness, harmony, mutual friendship, and
companionship in cultural identities, customs, and habits
in places different from the native ones.
Fear is also a clue to anger. Anger is the clue of
exclusion. If there is no solution, it is easy to become
direct or indirect victims of each other, related to the
wrong perception of people.
Therefore, when observing that an attitude of anger leads
to angry actions and unkind behaviors, the Buddha's son
must rise above those trivial reactions. Otherwise, those
directly or indirectly involved and yourself will become a
victim of anger. In the end, take on huge harm that you
don't know in advance. Therefore, in Vietnamese literature
there is a saying:
- When you're full, you lose your appetite, when you're
angry, you lose your wisdom.
Nhan Hoi, a great but short-lived disciple of Confucius,
was praised by Confucius, and called a second-class saint
because of the virtue of not being angry like: Anger at
fish should cut a chopping board. When you are angry but
know how to control it, there must be the practice of
calming down. Buddhism uses patience as a method to combat
anger, but even for those who are highly wise or who think
they are enlightened, anger sometimes arises, but it's
Zen Buddhism in Japan also passed on to posterity a very
interesting story. Yamaoka Tesshu who lived in the years
1836 to 1888 was a prominent Japanese swordsman. When he
was young, he went to visit one teacher after another to
learn meditation. And he thought that he had grasped the
essential meaning of Buddhism. So one day, he went to
Shikoku to visit Zen master Dokuon of the Lin-Chi lineage
who lived in the years 1819 - 1895. Wanting to present his
attainment, Yamaoka said:
Mind, Buddha, and all sentient beings ultimately do not
exist. The true nature of all phenomena is emptiness. Not
enlightened, not deluded, not holy, not ordinary. Three
wheels of Emptiness: That is, there is no giver, no
receiver, and no object given.
Zen master Dokuon sat quietly smoking a cigarette, saying
nothing. Suddenly, the Zen master took a bamboo pipe and
hit Yamaoka, causing him to get angry.
Zen Master Dokuon then asked:
- If all is absent, where does your anger come from?
With a garland of preaching, all is nothing, just a blow
of a bamboo cigarette is enough to turn no into yes! It is
a kind of wake-up call like Zen master Te-Shan (Duc Son)
or Zen master Lin-Chi (Lam Te), which you often see in
meditation halls. If after that sentence, the other anger
is still anger, then Yamaoka deserves to eat another
thirty sticks of Zen master Te San or a few hundred lashes
of Zen master Lin-Chi, so that those who read the
scriptures in an understanding way deceive people no more
talking. But if that statement causes Yamaoka to suddenly
become enlightened, the anger will turn to joy.
But the above anecdote is still not as interesting as the
anecdote about Su-Tung-Po (To Dong Pha), also circulated
in the Chinese Zen forest. This anecdote is all too
familiar, but I would like to record it here.
- It is said that, once, Su-Tung-Po (To Dong Pha) composed
a poem praising the Buddha's liberation. He was very
pleased, so he asked the servant to bring the poem across
the river to give to the Zen master Buddha-seal, who was
at the Golden Mountain temple at that time. Poems like
- Bowing to the Dharma King,
The ten directions shine bright.
The eight winds blow, the mind does not move,
Sit strictly on a golden lotus.
In the scriptures, there are eight things in the world
that make people's minds go crazy and unsettled. These are
four pairs of opposites:
- Prosperity and decline;
defamation and honor;
Praise and denigrate;
Suffering and happiness.
These eight things make people lean over, and fall back,
so they are called the eight winds. Only those with high
concentration and virtuous conduct can keep their mind
immobile in front of the eight winds so that they can:
Su Tong Po's intention was to show Zen Master Buddha-Seal
the poem to confirm how high and deep the poet's
meditation was. Unexpectedly, Zen master Buddha Seal
looked at it and immediately wrote down the word "fart"
next to the poem, then asked the servant to bring it back
to Su Tong Po. Su Tong Po finished watching, got angry,
immediately crossed the river, and went to the Golden
Mountain Temple to meet Zen Master Buddha Seal to ask the
truth. When he arrived, he saw that the door of Zen Master
Buddha Seal's room was closed, and two verses were pasted
- Eight rushing winds, mind not moving,
A fart pushed across the river.
Su Tong Po was startled awake and suddenly understood that
his cultivation practice was still too shallow. However,
he thought that the mind was completely still, even if the
other eight winds were rushing, the mind would still be as
steady as a stone table. But he did not expect that a
single fart from the Zen master Buddha-Seal would be
enough to propel him, body and mind, across the river. Two
verses of Zen master Buddha -Seal are like enlightening
verses for Su Tong Po.
The above story is obviously just anecdotal. I believe it
is impossible that a great poet like Su Tong Po would
write a mediocre poem like a novice poet to praise the
Buddha's liberation, and then present that mediocre poem
to Zen master Buddha Seal, who is also a master in the
As a child of Buddha, there must be mindfulness and
vigilance to recognize the workings of anger. It has
harmful effects on the moral life, conscience, especially
health, longevity, and human values! It is easy to control
when you see the face, the breath of anger, especially
when you see its operation in action towards others. As
long as you have the right attitude to see the harmful
effects of anger on your life, you can stop the act of
anger. With the support of the right view, when observing,
while breathing, it is possible to recognize the face of
anger and successful cessation.
Dissolving anger by tracing the source of hatred. First of
all, it is necessary to practice the attitude of
awareness. Understand, that everything in life has a
cause. The chain of cause can be entirely present or
related to the past and can extend into the future. When
you understand the chain of wrongdoing with a cause and
effect, you will develop an attitude of ending anger in
the present. As a result, retaliatory hatred towards the
enemy will be reduced. Some way must be accepted so as not
to increase hatred. Or when anger is present, try not to
let it develop.
As a disciple of the Buddha, you must clearly see the
nature of anger and internal attachment. Introspection can
be expressed through direct and silent postures. In the
case of silent expression, it can be said that it is the
secret anger, which is being concealed, lurking inside the
mind of a malicious person whose surface is a smiling
mouth, happy eyes, and sweet words like honey. As a
result, the fake friendly eyes, the sweet words that kill
the flies, the sinister smile that is like a blade, a
bullet, or a poisonous weapon that makes the opponent die
instantly, die without knowing their enemy...
Seeing the harmful effects of anger makes the person
possessing it the first victim, so the person with the
habit of anger should release it as soon as possible.
Letting go of hatred towards others is saving oneself.
Don't make yourself the victim and enemy of your own
As long as you have not let go of anger, you are still
called a patient of afflictions, karma, antagonism, and
mutual annihilation. Thus, suffering continues to appear
to the angry person in various forms. If all live with
anger, life becomes a very big hospital and there will not
be enough room to store and not enough medicine to heal
the patients. If you don't let go of hatred, even if there
are hundreds of religions appearing in this life, there is
The Buddha always taught us to find a solution, remove
internal links, to open the knot between deadlocked
relationships. In the spirit of the bodhisattva way, it is
about accepting your fault to let go of the suffering
created by people intentionally. To eliminate hatred, the
Buddha taught, that everyone, should contemplate that
whoever is a man was once his grandfather, father, uncle,
brother, younger brother, son, or grandson. All women have
been their mothers, wives, aunts, uncles, sisters, and
nieces. Contemplating and living like that, you no longer
intentionally torture and slaughter your loved ones in the
name of any ideology.
To neutralize anger, you must first have a bodhisattva
heart and compassion for those who have brought you
unhappiness or suffering. Find ways to create
opportunities for them to rise. Give them the boat of
Prajna so they can reach the shore of happiness, the
lifebuoy of forgiveness to let them wade through the sea
of pain and hatred. Give them the sail of compassion to
help them reach their safe place. Do not put others in a
situation where there is no way out. It is the wise
attitude of the Buddha to neutralize hatred and make it no
longer take root, and no longer reproduce suffering in the
Open your compassion to love those who hate you, because
they are a person who has created karma! Open your arms of
kindness to save those who hate you, because they are
blood brothers! Letting go of anger is like cutting off a
painful scab because anger is a venomous snake that can
kill a person!
Finally, always look at life with joy! Because after all,
everything that happens in life is just a change of
conditions. When looking at life with a joyful mind, anger
has no place to appear
According to Buddhism, anger is like a red flame that can
burn everything. If you harbor anger in your heart, you
are volunteering to bring fire into your body to burn your
mind to ashes. Therefore, you should give up destructive
actions to become a relationship between humanity, to
dissolve internal bonds with all loved ones. Because in
any situation, if you unintentionally or intentionally
nurture anger in your heart, you are giving up happiness
and peace between yourself and others.
Angry and anger are two objects that Buddhists need to
practice to transform. Conquering to overcome anger brings
lasting happiness in mind, action, and human
Buddhist disciples need to identify the manifestation of
anger from gross to subtle. Do not let anger creep into
the breath, life, even in thoughts and deeds, especially
for those who are walking on the upward path, seeking
long-term or permanent well-being.
Because anger and hatred do not let go, many people say
that it is better to have bad karma as long as they get
revenge on the person who caused the suffering. Because of
the veil of hatred, many people accept pain and bleed as
long as they take revenge and cause pain to their
opponents! But they don't know that stubbornness only
makes them suffer more.
In short, hatred is like holding a knife in your heart or
holding a double-edged sword in the palm of your hand.
Each time the knife was tightened, the blood would ooze
out in endless pain. To end suffering, there is no other
way but to let go of hatred, like putting down a knife.
Taking hatred to retaliate against hatred is like taking a
double-edged saw into each of your skin, muscles, tendons,
and bones. With each sawing movement, the blood of
suffering will flow, when it is no more, the person will
pass out. Just stopping the sawing stops the bleeding.
Those who use the saw of anger to saw off others never
successfully practice on the path of peace and happiness.
In other words, if you want to be happy, you have to give
up the saw of anger, the attitude of retaliation,
establish love, and live at peace with suffering! Every
thought of anger will create a weapon in the heart. Anger
is a dangerous weapon that can create destruction and
death. Meanwhile, compassion creates life, peace, joy, and
What was taught by the Buddha in his teaching system, but
especially the Buddha used the impressive image of the
saw, creating fear and suffering for emotions and social
relationships to advise that, must stop the saw blade of
suffering. You must deal wisely with compassion and
forgiveness. Letting go of anger and forgiving others is
actually stopping the saw of suffering created by your own