What to do if someone criticizes or praises the Buddha

  • For this wanderer Suppiya spoke in many ways in dispraise of the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha,
  • While his own pupil, the youth Brahmadatta, spoke in many ways in their praise.

These two, teacher and pupil, followed closely behind the Exalted One and the company of bhikkhus, making assertions in direct contradiction to each other.’ This, Lord, was the conversation we were having when the Exalted One arrived.”

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:

  1. You would only be creating an obstacle for yourselves.
  2. 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:

  1. You would only be creating an obstacle for yourselves.
  2. 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.’

The Brahmajala Sutta, Bhikkhu Bodhi translation

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.01.0.bodh.html

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3 thoughts on “What to do if someone criticizes or praises the Buddha

  1. Excellent advice, thank you very much for posting this. In this world of the five turbidities, knowing how to respond with reason and equanimity is very important.

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