The Buddha and the Angry Man
(How to handle an insult)
Characters: Storyteller, Buddha, Angry Man.
Storyteller: One day, the Buddha was walking from village to village to spread love and compassionate. (He walks slowly, looking around taking in the wonders of his surroundings.)
Buddha: What a lovely, sunny day it is for a walk.
(Suddenly, an angry man runs towards him, waving his fists.)
Angry Man: Who do you think you are?
Buddha: Whatever is the matter?
Angry Man: You that’s what is the matter, you walk around, thinking you know everything to teach goodness and love. You are just a fake, silly man in an orange robe.
Buddha: Come sit with me. (He guides towards a tree and they sit in the shade.)
Angry Man: (confused)
Why are you not angry with my insult?
Buddha: I’ve a question for you.
Angry Man: What?
Buddha: If you buy a present for someone and that person doesn’t want it then whom does the present belong to?
Angry Man: What a strange question. Me, of course, I bought the present.
Buddha: That’s right and its exactly the same with your anger.
Angry Man: That makes no sense.
Buddha: It’s very clear, if you become angry with me and I do not accept your anger then it falls back on you and all you succeed in doing is hurt yourself more.
Angry Man: What should I do?
Buddha: Rid yourself of your anger and become a more a loving person.
Angry Man: I will try. Thank you for teaching me this lesson. (They hug and wave goodbye to one another.)
Storyteller: The moral of story is when you have hate and anger towards other people only you are unhappy