Thag 6.12
translated from the Pali by
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Whence is there anger in one without anger tamed, calmed, living in tune, released through right gnosis, Such? You make things worse when you flare up at someone who's angry. Whoever doesn't flare up at someone who's angry wins a battle hard to win. You live for the good of both — your own, the other's — when, knowing the other's provoked, you mindfully grow calm. When you work the cure of both — your own, the other's — those who think you a fool know nothing of Dhamma. If anger arises, reflect on the saw simile. [1] If craving for savor, remember the son's-flesh simile. [2] If your mind runs loose after sensual pleasures & states of becoming, quickly restrain it with mindfulness as you would a bad ox eating grain. [3]


1. See MN 21.

2. See SN 12.63.

3. See MN 19.

See also: SN 7.2, SN 11.5