I first apologize to ask like this, I'm so sorry but I found people who don't respect other religions by my one older question I had to ask almost like this one that one I'm asking. As this religion is secular and against violence. Teaching kindness, forgiveness and beyond the concept of god and religion. But at the time when someone insulting Buddhism what to do ? In Buddha's time he was en lighted he could make them feel what they are doing, there were so many incidents he changed them but when I seen someone insulting Buddhism I feel like I must break first precept; all the time I tolerate because I'm not violent and it's not what I learn, but I get really really angry. Also bad people look at us as beneficial sake and annoying that we are non-violence and so can't do nothing. There's quote of Napoleon Bonaparte “The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people." I don't expecting war and violence but peace. Thank you.
In DN 1, the Buddha explains how to deal with people who insults the Buddha, the Dhamma or the Sangha:
“If, bhikkhus, others speak in dispraise of me, or in dispraise of the Dhamma, or in dispraise of the Sangha, you should not give way to resentment, displeasure, or animosity against them in your heart. For if you were to become angry or upset in such a situation, you would only be creating an obstacle for yourselves. If you were to become angry or upset when others speak in dispraise of us, would you be able to recognize whether their statements are rightly or wrongly spoken?”
“Certainly not, Lord.”
“If, bhikkhus, others speak in dispraise of me, or in dispraise of the Dhamma, or in dispraise of the Sangha, you should unravel what is false and point it out as false, saying: ‘For such and such a reason this is false, this is untrue, there is no such thing in us, this is not found among us.’
The following are a few excerpts from the sutras on how the Buddha dealt with and instructed his disciples to train when thoughts of anger and ill will are present:
[...] As I abided thus, diligent, ardent and resolute, a thought of [sensual desire, ill will, cruelty] arose in me. I understood thus: 'This thought of [sensual desire, ill will, cruelty] arose in me. This leads to my own affliction, to others affliction, and to the affliction of both; it obstructs wisdom, causes difficulties, and leads away from Nibbāna'. When I considered: 'This leads to my own affliction', it subsided in me; When I considered: 'This leads to others affliction', it subsided in me; When I considered: 'This leads to the affliction of both', it subsided in me; When I considered: 'This obstructs wisdom, causes difficulties, and leads away from Nibbāna', it subsided in me. Whenever a thought of [sensual desire, ill will, cruelty] arose in me, I abandoned it, removed it, did away with it.
Bhikkhus, whatever a bhikkhu frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. [...]
But with excessive thinking and pondering I might tire my body, and when the body is tired, the mind becomes strained, and when the mind is strained, it is far from concentration. So I steadied my mind internally, quieted it, brought it to singleness, and concentrated it. Why is that? So my mind should not be strained.
-- Dvedhāvitakka Sutta [Bodhi trans.], MN 19
[...] If, while he is examining the danger in those thoughts, there still arise in him evil unwholesome thoughts connected with desire, with hate, with delusion, then he should try to forget those thoughts and should not give attention to them. When he tries to forget those thoughts and does not give attention to them, then any evil unwholesome thoughts connected with desire, with hate, and with delusion are abandoned in him and subside. With the abandoning of them his mind becomes steadied internally, quieted, brought to singleness, and concentrated. [...]
If, while he is trying to forget those thoughts and is not giving attention to them, there still arise in him evil unwholesome thoughts connected with desire, with hate and with delusion, then he should give attention to stilling the thought-formation(*) of those thoughts. [...]
If while he is giving attention to stilling the thought-formation of those thoughts, there still arise in him evil unwholesome thoughts connected with desire, with hate, and with delusion, then, with his teeth clenched and his tongue pressed against the roof of his mouth, he should beat down, constrain and crush mind with mind(**) (***).
-- Vitakkasanthāna Sutta, [Bodhi Trans.] MN 20
(*) "relaxing of thought-fabrication", per Thanissaro Bhikku
(**) "crush his mind with his awarenes", per Thanissaro Bhikku
(***) "crush unwholesome states of mind with wholesome states of mind", per Majjhima Nikāya Atthakathā
But at the time when someone insulting Buddhism what to do ?
I think you're supposed to remember that people are heir to their own karma.
If people insult Buddhism instead of respecting and learning from it, instead of benefiting from it, then you might feel pity for them (or preferably compassion).
I'm not sure you or I should see a need for forgiveness (i.e. a need for us to forgive them) because I (hypothetically) don't see their disrespect as hurtful towards "you" or "me". Perhaps you're identifying with Buddhism in some way (thinking that their disrespect is hurts others or hurts you, and needs forgiveness)?
I get really really angry.
See for example the Dhammapada, which begins with,
"He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred.
"He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred.
Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.
Getting really angry doesn't seem to me appropriate. I think of replying with anger as being like "putting out fire with gasoline", i.e. it may fuel disrespect and further anger, rather than putting it out.
I realize many people feel that they shouldn't usually get angry, but might feel that sometimes anger is excusable, normal, necessary, even praise-worthy, and inevitable (e.g. "if I get angry that their fault for being disrespectful, not my fault"); for example:
- I don't usually get angry; but if you insult my mother then I'll punch you!
- I wouldn't usually fight; if you attack my country then of course I will!
- I'm usually a nice guy; but if you attack my religion then I can't stand it!
I also realize that some countries/societies criminalize disrespect, which might make it see normal to try to punish disrespect (e.g. by meeting it with anger), and/or to be averse to (and unaccustomed to) disrespect.
But ignoring what society does and looking at the scripture, remember the parable of the saw:
Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding. Even then you should train yourselves: 'Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain sympathetic, with a mind of good will, and with no inner hate. We will keep pervading these people with an awareness imbued with good will and, beginning with them, we will keep pervading the all-encompassing world with an awareness imbued with good will — abundant, expansive, immeasurable, free from hostility, free from ill will.' That's how you should train yourselves.
because of the silence of the good people
If you think it might help, maybe you can disagree without getting angry.
If someone tells a lie about Buddhism, for example, maybe you can say what the truth is; or if it's not an appropriate place and time for a lecture, maybe say something short like "I disagree" or "I don't think so" ... enough so that if someone is interested then they can ask for more.
The world suffers a lot. Not because the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.
I think that Buddhism teaches that causes of suffering are ignorance, craving and attachment and so on.
So an example from another faith. I met a gentleman by the name of Ron. He was from Barbados and had moved to the US for better opportunity. Back when he lived in his homeland, Ron had been a doctor. Before he could practice medicine in America, Ron had to recertify in a number of areas (I remember him complaining about hematology the most!) I was working at a bookstore at the time and everyday, he'd come to our cafe to study.
Now Ron was a well dressed chap and nice as any person you'd ever want to meet. Everyday he'd come and talk to me and the other staff members for a bit. He had a great sense of humor and always had a kind word for everyone. Ron used to spend a lot of time talking to me because I was a competitive weight lifter at the time. Ron had been Mr. Barbados back when he was younger, so we had a lot to talk about. I even used to even call him after my weight lifting meets to tell him how I did. Whenever I placed, I swear he was happier for me than I was. You could not love this man!
Ron studied at our store for about a year. Right before he went off to take his medical boards, he joked about how he had to present all kinds of ID as a security measure against cheating. "Cheating!" he says to me. "I'm a Jehovah's Witness! We don't cheat!" Now, I don't know if you know anything about Jehovah's Witnesses, but a prime tenant of there faith is to spread it. Where I live, they'll even go door to door proselytizing. They call it "bearing witness" Ron never did any of that. In fact, it was such a departure from what I was used to, I asked him how after a year, he never spoke a word about his religion. I'll never forget his words.
"To convince someone with words is cheap. The mind is not the place of faith. My whole life is my witness for others."
The only way you are going to convince anyone of the efficacy of the dharma is in how you conduct yourself. It's a waste of effort to try and argue with someone else about Buddhism. You aren't going to convince them. The only thing that is going to change their minds are your actions of body, speech, and mind.
Just don't get attached to Buddhism
In school , if a teacher scolded you , you get really upset and humiliated, but that does not happen if your teacher scolded someone you don't know . Let's ask why , because you are attached to yourself and not to a some person who you don't know. This applies to everything. If you take something as yours , you will make a bond with it, thus all the sadness and anger will come along eventually because of that bond you made. So if you take Buddhism as your religion, the best religion(we all know it is the best ) and try to make attachments with it, you will be sad and angry if someone insulted it.
Religions can make terrorists
Yes above statement is true. We have seen on news , people becoming terrorists because of some religions. Basically it happens when someone doesn't know what that religion really taught , but when trying to make bonds with it. So those people think the only religion in the world is their religion.
We should not make attachments with anything. At least we should try not to. When following the path to nirvana, you have to give up everything, if you gave everything up and still stuck without achieving nirvana, that's the time you should give up the desire to achieve nirvana. Then only you can achieve nirvana. It is a very complex point, think about it more.