This story is now doing the rounds of the Mindfulness circuit, usually in lieu of something real from your overpaid “Mindfulness coach.” So, in case someone wants to charge you two hundred quid to hear a story which you can learn from the internet for free, here is the story – for free. Keep your money in your wallet, and tell your guru to take a hike instead.I did. You would be amazed how good it made me feel.
And now the story.
One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”
Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”
The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”
The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger.
If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you.”