Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/24/2015

Praise, Blame and the Triple Gem

235. “If anyone should criticize me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, you should not on that account be angry, resentful or upset. For if you were, that would hinder you, and you would be unable to know whether they said right or wrong. Would you?”
“No, Lord.”
“So, if others criticize me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, then simply explain what is incorrect, saying: ‘that is incorrect, that is not right, that is not our way, we do not do that.’ But also, if others should praise me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, you should not on that account be pleased, joyful or puffed up. For if you were, that would hinder you. So, if others praise me, the Dhamma or the Sangha, then simply explain what is correct, saying: “That is correct, that is right, that is our way, that is what we do.”

Digha Nikaya I.3

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