The Buddha, on Anger.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 26, 2012
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“Not by hating hatred ceases
In this world of tooth and claw;
Love alone from hate releases —
This is the Eternal Law.”


Never indeed is hatred stilled by hatred; it will only be stilled by non-hatred — this is an eternal law.


Conquer anger by non-anger. Conquer evil by good. Conquer miserliness by liberality. Conquer a liar by truthfulness.


He has done that wrong, being subject to anger, should I too follow him, making my mind subject to anger? Is it not foolish to imitate him? He harboring his hatred destroys himself internally. Why should I, on his account, destroy my reputation?


Love this story:

The Reviler

Once while the Blessed One stayed near Rajagaha in the Veluvana Monastery at the Squirrels’ Feeding Place, there lived at Rajagha a Brahman of the Bharadvaja clan who was later called “the Reviler.” When he learned that one of his clan had gone forth from home life and had become a monk under the recluse Gotama, he was angry and displeased. And in that mood he went to see the Blessed One, and having arrived he reviled and abused him in rude and harsh speech.

Thus being spoken to, the Blessed One said: “How is it, Brahman: do you sometimes receive visits from friends, relatives or other guests?”

“Yes, Master Gotama, I sometimes have visitors.”

“When they come, do you offer to them various kinds of foods and a place for resting?”

“Yes, I sometimes do so.”

“But if, Brahman, your visitors do not accept what you offer, to whom does it then belong?”

“Well, Master Gotama, if they do not accept it, these things remain with us.”

“It is just so in this case, Brahman: you revile us who do not revile in return, you scold us who do not scold in return, you abuse us who do not abuse in return. So we do not accept it from you and hence it remains with you, it belongs to you, Brahman…”

[The Buddha finally said:]

“Whence should wrath rise for him who void of wrath,
Holds on the even tenor of his way,
Self-tamed, serene, by highest insight free?
“Worse of the two is he who, when reviled,
Reviles again. Who doth not when reviled,
Revile again, a two-fold victory wins.
Both of the other and himself he seeks
The good; for he the other’s angry mood
Doth understand and groweth calm and still.
He who of both is a physician, since
Himself he healeth and the other too —
Folk deem him a fool, they knowing not the Norm.”[1]— Abridged and freely rendered from Samyutta Nikaya, Brahmana Samyutta, No. 2. Verses translated by C. A. F. Rhys Davids, in “Kindred Sayings,” vol. I.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “The Buddha, on Anger.”

  1. cloverleaf says:

    Perfect timing on this. Thank you.

  2. Mamaste says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: WOW & Love,

  3. Antonio says:

    Somewhat useful. Appreciated this writing.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Yah, the Buddha's okay, I guess.

  5. Sara says:

    Yeah, he'll do alright I reckon 😉

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  7. JohnH says:

    “Worse of the two is he who, when reviled,
    Reviles again. Who doth not when reviled,
    Revile again, a two-fold victory wins."

    It depends on who and what you're dealing with. Unfortunately we are not living in a predominantly Buddhist world.
    There are bad people who will take advantage of our goodness, kindness and generosity. There are limits to intrusion.

    “In Buddhist Asian cultures the temples and shrines always have a pair of fu lions guarding their gates. The lions are always presented in pairs, with the female on the left and the male on the right. The male lion has his right paw on a ball, which represents the “flower of life" The female is essentially identical, but has a single cub under her left paw, representing the cycle of life. Symbolically, the female fu lion protects those dwelling inside, while the male guards the structure.” – Wikipedia

    I have a pair of fiercely loving Fu Lions
    faithfully guarding my temple gates.
    The mighty male is fierce and cunning,
    keeping threats far from the door.
    His loyal mate suckles and
    guards her precious Cub.
    It is serenely freeing and powerful
    to know my Spirit
    to be so naturally secure.
    All the powers of heaven and earth
    flow through these magnificent beasts,
    then through me with primal strength and cunning;
    an ancient promise faithfully kept
    since the First Emergence.

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