Working with Difficult Emotions

According to the Buddha, the source of all our individual problems is our uncontrolled minds. Specifically, there are certain negative emotions that afflict us as soon as they arise and create future problems for us when they motivate our actions. The Buddha taught various techniques to subdue these afflictions but their effectiveness depends on our skill and the strength of the afflictions. If we apply those techniques when the afflictions are weak when they first arise we have a good chance of controlling them. Therefore, it is crucial to the success of our mind training strategy for happiness to identify the afflictions quickly.