Free Public Talk “Choose To Overcome Anger”
Friday, September 1st 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center
6338 Presidential Court, Suite 105, Fort Myers, FL (map)
Healing Our Precious Relationships: Overcoming Anger and Resentment
Of all the painful states of mind, anger is the most destructive. In its wake, peace and pure relationships do not stand a chance. Even our normal drive to work can become a nightmare when tainted by anger, irritation and frustration, and this is often our experience. How nice to know that anger is not an intrinsic part of our mind? Like all delusions it can definitely be removed, just as dirt can be removed from water. Learning to patiently accept suffering and difficulties is the antidote to anger, and this will solve so many of our daily problems and heal our relationships in dramatic ways. Our relationships are the most precious part of our life—they are the meaning of our life. In fact, our life is just a series of relationships. How wonderful if we can heal them through learning to practice patient acceptance, happily bearing adversities and learning to cherish others? The worst type of anger is resentment—it’s like anger with a good memory. It can haunt us for years even after the original incident occurred, destroying our peace and consuming our good heart with fear and the bad intentions that arise from unhappiness.
In this free public talk we will look at the faults of anger, why we get angry, and practical ways to practice patience within our daily life—especially our relationships. In particular we can heal ourself of resentment—the worst type of anger—working with our mind. It will be guided in a light and practical way by Kelsang Chopag, monk and meditation Teacher and will include some time for meditation and discussion.
About the Resident Teacher
Kelsang Chopag is the Resident Teacher of Samudrabadra Kadampa Buddhist Center in Fort Myers, Florida. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats across the Southwest Florida area. He is an ordained Buddhist monk who has trained under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and other qualified teachers. Chopag began his practice at Kadampa Meditation Center New York, an internationally renowned meditation and retreat center in upstate New York. While in New York, he spent several years learning and practicing the meditative teachings of Buddha. His teachings are light, humorous and practical, and he uses logic and analogies to help others discover the meaning of Buddha’s teachings.