When we are angry, what do we usually do?
We shout, scream, and try to blame someone else for our problems.
But looking at anger with the eyes of impermanence, we can stop and breathe.
Angry at each other in the ultimate dimension, we close our eyes and look deeply.
We try to see three hundred years into the future. What will you be like? What will I be like? Where will you be? Where will I be?
We need only to breathe in and out, look at our future and at the other person’s future.
Looking at the future, we see that the other person is very precious to us.
When we know we can lose them at any moment, we are no longer angry.
We want to embrace her or him and say: „How wonderful, you are still alive. I am so happy. How could I be angry with you? Both of us have to die someday, and while we are still alive and together it is foolish to be angry at each other.“
The reason we are foolish enough to make ourselves suffer and make the other person suffer is that we forget that we and the other person are impermanent.
Someday when we die we will lose all our possessions, our power, our family, everything.
Our freedom, peace, and joy in the present moment is the most important thing we have.
No Death, No Fear
Thích Nhất Hạnh (born on October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition.
Thích Nhất Hạnh spent most of his later life residing in the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks.
He coined the term „Engaged Buddhism“ in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.
After a long term of exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.
In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his „root temple,“ Từ Hiếu Temple near Huế.
Nhất Hạnh has published over 100 books, including more than 70 in English.
He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict.
He also refrains from animal product consumption (Vegetarianism) as a means of nonviolence towards animals.