What to do when people Criticize and Praise the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha

5. “If, bhikkhus, others speak in dispraise of me, or in dispraise of the Dhamma, or in dispraise of the Sangha, you should not give way to resentment, displeasure, or animosity against them in your heart:

  • For if you were to become angry or upset in such a situation, you would only be creating an obstacle for yourselves.
  • If you were to become angry or upset when others speak in dispraise of us, would you be able to recognize whether their statements are rightly or wrongly spoken?

“Certainly not, Lord.”

“If, bhikkhus, others speak in dispraise of me, or in dispraise of the Dhamma, or in dispraise of the Sangha, you should unravel what is false and point it out as false, saying: ‘For such and such a reason this is false, this is untrue, there is no such thing in us, this is not found among us.

6. “And if, bhikkhus, others speak in praise of me, or in praise of the Dhamma, or in praise of the Sangha, you should not give way to jubilation, joy, and exultation in your heart:

  • For if you were to become jubilant, joyful, and exultant in such a situation, you would only be creating an obstacle for yourselves.
  • If others speak in praise of me, or in praise of the Dhamma, or in praise of the Sangha, you should acknowledge what is fact as fact, saying: ‘For such and such a reason this is a fact, this is true, there is such a thing in us, this is found among us.

“Brahmajāla Sutta: The All-embracing Net of Views” (DN 1), translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Access to Insight, 13 July 2012, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.01.0.bodh.html . Retrieved on 9 November 2013.

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One thought on “What to do when people Criticize and Praise the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha

  1. So don’t get angry when you’re criticized as it clouds your judgement. Don’t get overjoyed when you get praised. In both cases, look for the facts. If it’s true, acknowledge it. If it’s untrue, then show the reasons why it’s untrue.

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