Behavior Is Truth

Steven Barnes
2 min readMar 10, 2023

Jaime Rodriguez posted:

There is a teaching story about a Buddhist monk and his student. The monk is verbally accosted by a man who says all sorts of ugly things to the monk. The monk calmly listens and smiles until the man is finished. As the monk walks away, the student asks him how he can take such abuse with a calm smile. The monk replied, “If someone tries to give you a gift, and you don’t receive it, to whom does it belong? That man tried to give me a gift of his unpleasantness. I did not receive it. He is still holding it.”
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Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.