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We all know that anecdote of the Buddha comparing anger to a gift.
There is the fake, airbrushed version, and the real quote.
I transcribe the fake version because it reads better as a tale, and provide the link for comparison with the original.
'It is said that one day the 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!”
The 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 young 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.
You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me.
All you have done is hurt yourself.”'
My point is: how do you better deal with negative stuff from others?
Anger, jealousy, envy, sarcasm?
Are you able to send back the negative stuff with a Buddhalike attitude / repartee?