Buddha spoke calmly to his angry father: "Father! I am
not following the custom of my worldly ancestors. I am following
the tradition of the Buddhas of the past. All past Buddhas
begged for food, to inspire people to follow the teachings.
Then the Buddha explained some basics of the Dharma to the
king. Then King Suddhodana calmed down and asked the Buddha
and his disciples to accept food at the palace.