[110] Giving Rise To Anger Harms Body And Mind, Eliminating Anger Increases Blessings And Lifespan 生气损身心,消气增福寿

[110] Giving Rise [To] Anger Harms Body [And] Mind, Eliminating Anger Increases Blessings [And] Lifespan


[With the] angry mind once arisen, [it is] for people without benefits, [and] for oneself has harms. [If it is] light, also [with the] mind’s thoughts bothered [and] agitated. [If it is] heavy, then [with the] liver [and] eyes receiving injuries.

[Note 1: Anger, which stems from hatred, harms both body and mind, seriously and lightly. As the Flower Adornment Sūtra says, ‘With one thought of anger’s mind arising, a million obstacles’ doors open.’ (《华严经》云:「一念瞋心起,百万障门开。」)]


[There] must [be] enabling [of the] mind within, [to] constantly have a ball [of] great peace’s vital force [i.e. primordial energy]. Then [will] sickness [be] eliminated, [with] blessings [and] lifespan increasing highly.

[Note 2: Great peace’s vital force (太和元气), is always available within physically, just as Buddha-nature (佛性) is within spiritually, only ‘waiting’ for us to align with them with practice. Perhaps the easiest way to align with the vital force is to take a few deep breaths (深呼吸) to calm down, to be (re)grounded in it (沉住气) steadily.]

[Note 3: While aligning to the vital force can make it easier to align to Buddha-nature, there might not be much aligning to it. However, aligning to Buddha-nature with mindfulness of Buddha (念佛) directly will naturally align to our vital force at the same time. This is due to the principles of ‘mind over matter’ and ‘mind before matter’ at work.]

[Note 4: Ancient virtuous ones say, ‘As anger is a fire within the mind, that is able to burn meritorious virtues’ forest, if desiring to learn the Bodhi path, with patience protect against anger’s mind.’ (古德云:「瞋是心中火,能烧功德林,欲学菩提道,忍辱护瞋心。」) This is how even much blessings ‘grown’ over a long time can be razed away with a spark of anger.]

[Note 5: As anger impairs physical and mental health, it naturally shortens life too. (When angry, one is literally mad in the moment.) Thus, there should be the opposite of anger, that is patience, which stems from inner peace of mind, to stay calm and composed.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Meanings [Of] Remedies [For] Anger [And] Others;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (110th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Fifth, Clear Remedies [For] Habitual Tendencies: (17th Short Section)

[Ref: #110 / 3.3.17]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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