The mind controls or can control the body's responses. Anger arises in the
mind and though it may be as you say, "these responses are "automatic," We can
have direct control over them. Patience is not a mind that arises
automatically, but with effort patience negates anger. It does not suppress
it, but mentally transforms the situation. Where something may have angered us
in the past, patience now arises and with it newer less destructive more
constructive responses. In time, what once took practice, patience, will arise
automatically for us. So where anger may arise automatically so too may
patience arise for us automatically with effort.
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "roloro1557" <roloro1...@...> wrote:
> Yes, that is what I'm saying exactly. I think it is impossible and
> unwholesome to suppress anger and our other emotions too.
> And yes, I do think it's better to vent anger on a neutral object, like a
> stone. (NEVER a dog or cat or living being.)
> My understanding is that Bill! is correct that emotions are physical
> responses. And they do have physical effects on our bodies; blood pressure,
> heart rate, release of chemicals and hormones, etc.
> According to what I have read, what we call anger is a manifestation of the
> "fight or flight" response, which is part of our survival mechanism. This
> response is absolutely appropriate if one is confronted by, say, a hungry
> tiger. But, just as I said in an earlier post, our bodies don't know the
> difference, and sometimes (often, actually, in modern life) the "fight or
> flight" response is triggered when there is no actual threat. BUT- and I
> think it's very important to remember this- these responses are "automatic",
> we have no direct control over them. The thing we CAN control is how and
> where and when we express the emotions.
> I hope i have explained clearly :-)
> --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Anthony Wu <wuasg@> wrote:
> > Artie,
> > I believe you are saying that it is impossible or unwholesome to 'suppress'
> > anger. It must be 'vented' one way or the other. Instead of harming others,
> > the better way to vent it is targeting a neutral object (hope it is not a
> > dog or cat). Looks like it takes a Buddha to do away with emotions. Or is
> > there such a buddha?
> > Anthony
> FROM: Over the hills and far away. . .
> The way to do is be. Lao Tzu
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