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The Buddha was sitting in the shade of a tree when an angry man came upon him.
The angry man started yelling insults, but the Buddha sat there calmly and said nothing.The angry man continued screaming, but received no reply.
After about five minutes the man could not keep up his anger at such a level and asked, “Do you have nothing to say?”
The Buddha asked the man, “If someone gives you a gift and you do not want it, to whom does it belong?”
The man answered that it must remain with the giver of the gift.
Then the Buddha said, “I refuse to accept your anger, so youwill have to keep it yourself.”
The angry man is said to have become a disciple of the Buddha.
[From: The Very Delicious Strawberry, Twenty illustrated Zen stories adapted for children, by Tim Johnson and Andrea Brajnovic.]