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Ray Olson: Let’s Talk About the Ninth Precept

Ray Olson: Let’s Talk About the Ninth Precept

Episode Description: The ninth precept is often translated "not getting angry." Upaya's Ray Olson examines anger acutely: its grave dangers, its inherited expressions, but also its skillful uses -- since eliminating all anger seems neither neurobiologically possible nor wholly desirable. Studies find that angry people are more sensitive to social injustice, more firmly committed to justice work. And anger is a vivid teacher -- if only we're willing to see the fear and weakness which it salves or projects, the deluded thinking that sparks it.
But how do we tame this dangerous creature? Ray has extensively road-tested several strategies, on himself and on others (prison inmates, recovering addicts). Monitoring our own anger, for instance, is invaluable -- which basically means monitoring our level of pain.
BIO: Ray Olson, an internist by training, was a longtime Professor of Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He has been a Zen student for over 30 years and r