PorkChop wrote:While there are mentions of "wrathful" emanations that are used to wipe away ignorance & delusion, I think you should probably look at the stories in the sutras for some good examples...
For starters, it's interesting to note that in the story, the Buddha did not go head to head & fight Mara, with his armies when Mara attacked him under the Bodhi tree; the Buddha turned their arrows to flowers.
In the Jataka tale where in a former life the Buddha, as a ship's captain, killed the murderer planning to kill 500 merchants aboard the ship - he did so, not just out of compassion for the 500 merchants, but because of the innumerable eons the murderer himself would be in hell if he were allowed to carry through with that act. The Buddha volunteered to undergo that hell himself.
In the tale of Angulimala, the Buddha does not fight Angulimala with force. In fact, he invites Angulimala to kill him if it will make him happy. Using skillful means, he moved at an easy pace while Angulimala tired himself out. When Angulimala was exhausted, the Buddha convinced Angulimala to turn his life around.
While I don't know much about the methods Padmasambhava used to dispel the evil spirits of Tibet, for example; I do have one anecdote that I've heard first hand from a monk. Regardless of whether it's true or not, I find it a beautiful story. A hungry ghost was bothering a local family, they called in the monk for help. The family seemed to think their estranged daughter who'd recently died in a car crash was responsible for the disturbances. Instead of battling the hungry ghost, the monk told me he invited her to his home for dinner. See, she didn't feel love in her life and she was returning to the family's house for that love. When the monk showed her some kindness, inviting her home, the disturbances stopped.
In the Dhammapada it's said that anger used to fight anger will only lead to more anger.
EDIT: Violence only leads to more violence.
Even Abraham Lincoln mentioned "the only way to conquer my enemy is to make him my friend."
Peace and compassion go hand in hand. As Konchog has in his signature, compassion and emptiness go hand in hand as well.
Anger is a virtue if used in a rightful and proper manner. For anger brings about courage in the face of negativity. For eg, the tibetan monks setting themselves on fire to protest the atrocities committed against them by the invading chinese. That act of self-sacrifice is an act of valor worthy of study.
Violence can also be committed without anger. Plenty of martial arts teach one to kill without emotions without anger nor pity. In fact, zen meditation teaches you to wipe your mind free of hatred and love so that you face no obstructions whatsoever in whatever you do.
Which is why the japanese are some of the best martial artists in the world . Cos they know how to cause damage with single-pointed concentration without anger or pity/love clouding their minds.
vajrakilaya and padmasambhava also subdued many evils without having hatred in their minds.. there are plenty of evil in the world which can't be reasoned with and must be destroyed in order to make this universe a better place..