“To ‘know’ the emotion is to understand that, as it has no root, there is and never has been an emotion. Some people talk about emotion, particularly the negative emotions, as if they were some kind of hideous, demonic force that willfully invades your being, but they are not like that at all.

When you feel angry, just watch your anger. Not the cause of the anger or its result, just the emotion of anger. As you stare at your anger, you will discover there is nothing you can point to and say, ‘That is my anger’. And the understanding that there is absolutely nothing there is what is called the ‘dawn of wisdom’.

~ Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

From Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

(Posted by Learn From Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Facebook, 13 March 2024)


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