One a man heard that the Buddha's Way lies in persevering in benevolence and compassion, and meeting evil with goodness. He then came and cursed the Buddha. The Buddha, remaining silent, did not respond, but rather had pity for one whose ignorance and rage led to such an act.
When his cursing abated the Buddha asked him, "If you offer a gift to someone who does not accept it, what happens to the gift?"
The man replied, "I would have to take it back."
The Buddha said: "Now you have offered me curses but I do not accept them. they return to you, bringing harm to your own person. Like an echo responding to sound, or a shadow following an object, in the end there is no escaping it. Take heed of your evil ways."
—The Sutra in 42 Sections
What I feel grateful for today:
- So many kindergarten students having learned the Soundabet over the winter holiday
- All my Dharma Friends who came over tonight to discuss the Dhammapada—and the ones who wanted to be here tonight, but could not make it this time
- The gifts Richard N. brought over tonight.
- My teeth and my friend, Dr. Al Couture, the dentist who takes care of my teeth. Al travelled to Ghana about a year ago to take care of children's' teeth, too. Ghana is in Africa, directly west of Togo, where Ted is right now. Al also believes in hugging.
- Learning about non-violent communication (NVC).