The Healing Journey: Rosalie’s Story

*Trigger warning: The abuse Rosalie suffered is described graphically in this story.* As a child, Rosalie had been severely abused by her father. When he was drunk he’d climb into her bed at night and rub his body against hers until he climaxed. If she resisted him, he’d hit her and threaten her with worse.…

Feeling Our Way to Awakening

The emotions we wish we didn’t have, that we’d like to just get over? Those feelings, say Jody Hojin Kimmel, are not obstacles on the path — they are the path.

Patience Isn’t Passive

Constance Kassor explains why patience isn’t a passive tolerance of harm. Instead, patience requires a recognition of the deep interconnectedness of the world and an active engagement with it.

The Answer to Anger & Aggression is Patience

We can suppress anger and aggression or act it out, either way making things worse for ourselves and others. Or we can practice patience.

When Sadness Rages Like Fire

Pema Khandro Rinpoche shares the life of the Tibetan yogi Shabkar, whose practice and teachings were inseparable from loss and grief.

Don’t Pull the Trigger

Sometimes all it takes is a word or simple event and our thoughts and emotions are off to the races. David Richo on the fear that’s behind our triggers—and the antidote to it.

Notice Craving and Aversion

To give yourself a fighting chance against negative patterns, says Josh Korda, you’ve got to get at the driving forces behind them.

Don’t Let Hatred Destroy Your Practice

His Holiness the Dalai Lama takes an in-depth look at how we can work with anger and hatred in our practice.

A Conversation on Love and Rage: Lama Rod Owens and Kate Johnson

In this conversation featured in Lama Rod Owens' new book "Love and Rage," he and Buddhist teacher Kate Johnson discuss how the dharma can help us hold our anger and work with our rage.

Happiness Is a Kind of Flower

Thich Nhat Hanh on how we can see happiness in the world around us.

What Are the Three Poisons?

The three poisons are the energy of ego’s three basic attitudes—for me, against me, and don’t care.

Calling on Jizo

In Japan, Jizo Bodhisattva is the “guardian of children who have died.” Zen priest and grief counselor Dojin Sarah Emerson recalls how the Jizo Ceremony helped after the death of her daughter.

Women standing in front of a tornado.

How Do I Work with My Fear of Other People’s Anger?

You can’t stop people from being angry at you, advises Insight Meditation teacher Gina Sharpe, but you can change how it makes you feel.

How to Work with Emotions

Sharon Salzberg, Judith Simmer-Brown, John Tarrant, and the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche offer new perspectives on how to think about and engage with our emotional lives.

Dark birds.

The Wisdom in Dark Emotions

Grief, fear and despair are part of the human condition. Each of these emotions is useful, says Miriam Greenspan, if we know how to listen to them.

Love Doesn’t Have to Mean Agreeing

Susan J. Stabile on how to live with — or even support — your partner’s differing religious beliefs.

Waking Up Alone

Everything changes; nothing lasts. In matters of the heart, this can be hard. Karen Maezen Miller on what to do after the love story ends.

How Sad Is Your Love?

The conventional definitions of “love” and “compassion” are quite limited, says Buddhist scholar Mu Soeng.

Being Present with Suffering

By accepting our emotions and not reacting, says Lama Justin von Bujdoss, we can learn to effectively serve others.

5 Surprising Slogans to Help You Handle Anger

Zen teacher Norman Fischer applies five mind-training slogans to anger and other emotions.