Dhammapada Verse 81
Selo yatha ekaghano
vatena na samirati
na saminjanti pandita
Verse 81: As a mountain of rock is unshaken by wind, so also, the wise are
unperturbed by blame or by praise.
The Story of Thera Lakundaka Bhaddiya
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (81) of
this book, with reference to Thera Bhaddiya.
Bhaddiya was one of the bhikkhus staying at the Jetavana monastery. Because
of his short stature he was known as Lakundaka (the dwarf) to other bhikkhus.
Lakundaka Bhaddiya was very good natured; even young bhikkhus would often tease
him by pulling his nose or his ear, or by patting him on his head. Very often
they would jokingly say, "Uncle, how are you? Are you happy, or are you
bored with your life here as a bhikkhu?", etc. Lakundaka Bhaddiya never
retaliated in anger, or abused them; in fact, even in his heart he did not get
angry with them.
When told about the patience of Lakundaka Bhaddiya, the Buddha said, "An
arahat never loses his temper, he has no desire to speak harshly or to think ill
of others. He is like a mountain of solid rock; as a solid rock is unshaken, so
also, an arahat is unperturbed by scorn or by praise."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
|Verse 81: As a mountain of rock is unshaken by wind,
so also, the wise are unperturbed by blame or by praise.