Zen Tale, Buddha And The Angry Man

Once Buddha was travelling from a village. Everyone was happy to see him and heard his speeches with lots of dedication. However, one young man was not at all happy to see him in the village. He believed Buddha to be a fake master fooling the masses.

While Buddha was delivering his speech, the man stood and started shouting in a very rude manner. Buddha did not pay any attention to him and continued speaking without bothering about him. This made the young man more angry. He came in front of Buddha and facing him, he began insulting,

Young Man: “You have no right to teach anything to others. You are as stupid as everyone else. Stop fooling everyone. You are fake.!!”

The followers of Buddha tried to overpower that man. But Buddha stopped them and said,

Buddha: “It is not always necessary to counter aggression by aggression.”

Then he turned to the young man with a smile and asked,

Buddha: “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”

The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered,

Young Man: “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”
Buddha: “That is correct. If I teach others with the best of my knowledge it depends only on the others to accept the gift. If you do not accept it, it is still real value on my side and it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not feel insulted, then the anger remains yours.”