anger as a meal metaphor
- Dear Pali friends,
I have a question. Where does the following metaphor
appear in the Pali canon?
"A man comes to the Buddha and spews anger at him.
The Buddha asks
him, "If one prepares a meal for a guest, but the
guest declines to eat
it, to whom does the food belong?" The man replies,
"Well, to the
host, of course." The Buddha then concludes, "Just so
it is with
anger. If it is not received, then it is belongs only
Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
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- Hello group. I recently joined this busy list, and am content to lurk
for awhile-- and learn. Ive been studying Pali for about two years now,
mostly on my own, with one summer in Sri Lanka.
The citation John asks about is from the first book of the Samyutta
(Sagaathaavagga), chapter 7, 1 2 (Alternately, SN 161-2. Cf. Bodhi
English edition, vol. 1 p.255f.)
The following, however, is from the PTS translation:
Now the so-called Reviler ... heard that the head of his clan had
left society to enter the order of Gautama the Recluse. Vexed and
displeased, he sought the presence of the [Buddha], and there reviled
and abused the Exalted One with rude and harsh speech. When he had thus
spoken, the Buddha said: Do you, Brahmin, receive visits from friends
and colleagues, from your kin by blood or by marriage, from guests?
Yes, Master Gautama, sometimes I do. But if they do not accept [your
hospitality], Brahmin, to whom do those things go? If they do not
accept, Master Gautama, those things go back to us. Even so, Brahmin.
That wherewith you revile us who revile not, that we do not accept at
your hands. It is for you only!... It is as if you and your visitors
dined together and made good. We neither dine together with you nor make
good. It is for you only Brahmin! It is only for you!
John Kelly wrote:
> Dear Pali friends,ADVERTISEMENT
> I have a question. Where does the following metaphor
> appear in the Pali canon?
> "A man comes to the Buddha and spews anger at him.
> The Buddha asks
> him, "If one prepares a meal for a guest, but the
> guest declines to eat
> it, to whom does the food belong?" The man replies,
> "Well, to the
> host, of course." The Buddha then concludes, "Just so
> it is with
> anger. If it is not received, then it is belongs only
> to the
> Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
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