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Understanding Aggression

Book coverA lot of the conflict in this world is not based on a simple disagreement or misunderstanding. Our aggression actually creates the problem. Aggression takes all kinds of forms—sometimes very controlled or sedate, sometimes very active and articulated. Sometimes we become victims of our own aggression. When we try to bounce on somebody else, it bounces back on us as well. We begin to hurt ourselves, to make life miserable. The opposite of that is not so much to be a completely peaceful person. The idea is to understand that aggression and to work along with it in terms of our practice of meditation. It is an inspiration to relate with the dharma, the truth of the teachings.

From The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Two, pages 518–519

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