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Anger and other destructive emotions are based on false projections of the mind.

“…Anger and other destructive emotions are based on false projections of the mind. While the inappropriate attention that nourishes anger projects or exaggerates negative qualities, our ignorance projects an even deeper distortion: independent of inherent existence.

“While at one level we know that things exist dependently – sprouts grow from seeds, a table depends on its parts – things appear to our mind in the opposite way, as if they had their own essence and existed under their own power, independent, from everything else. When we are upset, our ‘self’ or ‘I’ similarly appears to be solid and to exist inherently.”

~ Venerable Thubten Chodron, Working With Anger

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