The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston

Narrated By: Bill Mendieta

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: June 2010

Duration: 4 hours 50 minutes

Summary:

Imagine you're circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation.

We're a society swimming in anger, always about to snap. Using simple, understandable Buddhist principles, Scheff and Edmiston explain how to replace anger with happiness. They introduce the four kinds of demands that most commonly underlie anger (Important and Reasonable, Reasonable but Unimportant, Irrational, and Impossible), then show how to identify our real unmet demands, dissolve our anger, and change what happens when our buttons are pushed. We learn to laugh at ourselves, a powerful early step, and realize that others don't make us angry. Only we can make ourselves angry.

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Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger

by Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston

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Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger, Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston