A man loved studying with Buddha so much he brought his best friend to hear him speak. His friend began to hurl one insult after another at Buddha and ask him cynical questions. He told Buddha he thought he was a fraud. The man kept asking his friend to be quiet. His friend just kept getting angrier and angrier and speaking in a louder voice.

When Buddha was done talking the man went over immediately to apologize. Buddha looked at the man smiled and asked him, “If I give you a gift and you refuse to take it who does it belong to?”

The man thought for a moment and then said, “I guess the gift belongs to me.”

Buddha smiled and said, “I don’t accept your friend’s gifts. There is certainly no need for you to apologize.”

Are you going to stop accepting your mind’s gifts of negative opinions?

With love and aloha,