Conquering Anger – A Zen Buddhist Spiritual Story

Once Bodhisattva, the Enlightened Being, was born into a highly educated family. When he reached his youth, he decided to renounce all worldly pleasures and lead the life of an ascetic. His wife too resolved to accompany him through all the hardships of an ascetic’s life.

They built a hut deep in a forest to live in all for a few months. One day, the king of the land came to hunt in the forest, and seeing the Bodhisattva’s wife, fell in love. He decided to kidnap her. To find out if Bodhisattva had supernatural powers, the king asked him what he would do if a thief or a wild animal were to attack his wife.

He said, “I would not be angry.” The king laughed at this and forced Bodhisattva’s wife into the chariot. But Bodhisattva remained calm.

The king was surprised and asked how he could remain so calm under such circumstances.

“Anger is the greatest enemy of man. It destroys his inner beauty and leads him away from the path of happiness.” The king was impressed by these words and begged for the Bodhisattva’s forgiveness.

The author of this story is unknown and greatly appreciated!