Friday, September 16, 2011
Stories on Kindness and Anger --from the Native American and Buddhist Traditions
Finally, deer approached the monster with nothing but gentle kindness. No matter what the monster did or said, deer only responded with kindness and good will. The monster became madder and madder. Still, deer was gentle and kind. At last the monster became so angry, it attacked itself, and died.
The Gift of Anger; Turning Arrows into Flowers –A Story of the Buddha
The Buddha sat calmly, attentively and contemplatively — and waited for the man to finish his outburst.
The Buddha then asked of the man:
“When you visit a man in his dwelling, are you not then accepting his hospitality?”
“Yes.” the man replied.
“Upon visiting, is it not customary to bring with you a gift?”
Again the man answered, “Yes.”
“If the gift is of no use to your host, is it not then returned to you?”
Once again, the response was, “Yes.”
The Buddha promptly responded: “I am not accepting gifts today. You may keep your gift of anger," and he closed the door.
As the Buddha was able to turn arrows into flowers, the man was so taken aback that he submitted to the Buddha and followed him the rest of his days.