A woman buries a treasure in a deep pit, thinking: "It will be useful in time of need, or if the king is displeased with me, or if I am robbed or fall into debit, or if food is scarce, or bad luck befalls me." But all this treasure may not profit the owner at all, for she may forget where she has hidden it, or goblins may steal it, or her enemies or even her kinsmen may take it when she is careless. But by charity, goodness, restraint, and self-control, man and woman alike can store up a well-hidden treasure - a treasure which cannot be given to others and which robbers cannot steal. A wise person should do good - that is the treasure which will not leave one.
The Buddha said: "If outsiders speak against me, the Teaching, or the Order, you should not be angry, for that would prevent your own self-conquest. Similar- ly, if they praise us. But you should find out what is false or true, and acknowledge the fact. And even in praise it is only of trifling matters that an unconverted man might speak of me."
At one time Shakyamuni Buddha was staying in the town of Kosambi. In this town there was one who resented Him and who bribed wicked men to circulate false stories about Him. Under these circumstances it was difficult for His disciples to get sufficient food from their begging, and there was much abuse. Ananda said to Shakyamuni Buddha, "We had better not stay in a town like this. There are other and better towns to go to. We had better leave this town." The Blessed One replied, "Suppose the next town is like this one, what shall we do then?" "Then we move to another." . The Blessed One said, "No, Ananda, there will be no end in that way. We had better remain here and bear the abuse patiently until it ceases and then move to another place. There are profit and loss, slander and honor, praise and blame, pain and pleasure in the world; the Enlightened One is not controlled by these external things, they will cease as quickly as they come."