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One of the works of Zhiyi, "Great Calming and Contemplation" is a manual of religious practice that is meant to aid in the practice of Tiantai Buddhist beliefs. Through this guide, it should be possible to attain higher consciousness. This is a significant feature of Tiantai and Buddhism in general, marking a new philosophical approach to psychology and meditation.

"There are persons who tend toward a preponderance of anger, who ceaselessly surge with emotion and are prone to such frequent outbreaks of temper that they are utterly unable to arrest or control themselves even for a moment. Such an individual should allow his anger to arise freely so that he can illuminate it with the practice of calming and contemplation." – Zhiyi, "Great Calming and Contemplation"

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